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Lawyer for man accused of kidnapping United Kingdom model

Lawyer for man accused of kidnapping United Kingdom model”

'There is a real risk that the entire case is a sham, ' he said.

Chloe, 20, has claimed she was duped into travelling to Milan, Italy for a photoshoot in July, but was instead attacked by two men, drugged, forced into the boot of a vehicle and told she would be sold into the sex trade.

Italian police arrested alleged kidnapper Lukasz Pawel Herba, 30, while British police detained his Polish-born brother Michal in central England.

As Metro reports, 30-year-old Lukasz Herba was arrested for the ordeal, which included a kidnapping ring that meant to traffic Ayling for sex on the Internet, and his attorney is calling the entire incident a "sham".

A decision on extradition is scheduled for Friday (local time).

In August, Michal was apprehended in the West Midlands for his possible involvement, according to the BBC.

"You have a 2-year-old child and our rules exclude mothers", her kidnapper allegedly told her, the Corriere Della Sera reported.

Prosecutor Florence Iveson said Herba has been requested by the court of Milan in relation to a single offence of kidnapping arising from events between July 11 and 17.

The prosecution said: "The allegation is that Mr Herba acted in complicity with his brother, Lukasz Herba, and other unidentified persons to kidnap the victim in Milan".

Her lawyer claims the plot was to sell the model for sex in an online auction unless a ransom was paid.

"The same complainant [Ayling], it seems, generated publicity from the fact she was near the scene of a terrorist attack at the Champs-Elysees in Paris", attorney George Hepburne Scott alleged, referring to open source material. Herba returned Ayling to the British Embassay and was arrested.

Scott also claimed in court that Ayling went shoe shopping and had breakfast with her captor before going to the British consulate.

"There are a unique set of anomalous circumstances that may lead to the conclusion that the Italian authorities have been duped".

Speaking after the alleged abduction, Ms Ayling said she feared for her life throughout the "terrifying experience".

District Judge Paul Goldspring notes much of the material that the lawyer is relying on comes from press reports and isn't necessarily relevant to the case.

Michal Herba has a heavily pregnant girlfriend in the United Kingdom, and his lawyers said that his extradition may breech his right to a family life under the Human Rights Act, per the BBC.



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