'Kidnapped' model was relaxed, claims man extradited to Italy to face charges

'Kidnapped' model was relaxed, claims man extradited to Italy to face charges”

While he says he met Ms Ayling on 10 July in Milan - describing her as "free, chilled and relaxed" - he says he did not knowingly take part in any crime.

Herba, who works as a driver, said he went back to Poland the following day, returning to England on July 15, only finding out about the kidnapping from reading about it in newspapers. "She seemed to be an attention seeker", he said.

He said: "The entire thing seems to be a scam".

At a hearing in Westminster Magistrates' Court, District Judge Paul Goldspring said he ought to be removed to join his sibling who is in care in Italy, as per reports. His lawyer George Hepburne Scott has said the case is a sham and there was no evidence against his client, who would appeal against the ruling.

"He continues to protest his innocence in the strongest possible terms".

Herba has been fighting the extradition order even since he was placed in custody by cops after being apprehended in the Tividale area of Sandwell in the West Midlands.

Herba will remain in custody in the United Kingdom until the result of the expected appeal.

The man, Polish-conceived Michal Herba, is blamed for scheming with his sibling Lukasz Herba to seize the 20-year-old model.

The car that was allegedly used to kidnap Chloe Ayling
The car that was allegedly used to kidnap Chloe Ayling. Supplied

The model said she had travelled to Milan for a photoshoot but was instead held captive at a farmhouse.

Prosecutors had requested Mr Herba be sent to court in Milan in relation to an offence of kidnapping, arising from events between 11 and 17 July. She was purportedly kept hostage until the point when the siblings discovered she was a mother.

The models lawyer said the plot was to sell the model for sex in an online auction unless a ransom was paid.

It emerged that Ayling, from south London, went shopping for groceries and shoes with her alleged captor, prompting questions about the degree of coercion she was under, and whether the pair may have collaborated in a fake kidnapping.

He told the court: "It would amount to an abuse of process of the court if there was any evidence to suggest this was a publicity stunt".

"This case has a one of a kind arrangement of abnormalities which may prompt the conclusion that the Italian specialists have been hoodwinked and that their procedure has been manhandled", Scott stated, per the BBC.

Her Italian lawyer Francesco Pesce denied the publicity stunt claim.

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