France stops plane with 300 Indians on board: Airline denies any wrongdoing, says ‘a customer had chartered it’

 – Gudstory

France stops plane with 300 Indians on board: Airline denies any wrongdoing, says ‘a customer had chartered it’ – Gudstory

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A day after French authorities stopped a plane with 300 Indians on board in a suspected case of “human trafficking”, Romania-based Legend Airlines’ lawyer clarified that the company has done nothing wrong and has not committed any crime. . The Airbus A340, which took off from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday and landed for a technical stop at Vatry airport in eastern France, was stopped after France received information about “human trafficking”.

A report by news agency AFP said Legend Airlines did not officially respond to the allegations and Liliana Bakayoko, claiming to be the company’s lawyer, said the airline had done nothing wrong and was “at the disposal of the French authorities.” Is in”.

The lawyer said that a client arranged for the charter of the aircraft and took responsibility for authenticating the identity documents of each passenger. He said this customer had shared passenger details with the airline 48 hours before the scheduled flight.

French authorities have said that the decision to ground the flight was taken because they received a tip-off that the flight was carrying people “likely to be victims of human trafficking”. “The identities of the 303 passengers and cabin are being investigated.” Crew,” the prosecutor’s office said.

Authorities in France were conducting a thorough investigation into the backgrounds of the plane’s passengers and the conditions in which they were transported.

Indians have diplomatic access: External Affairs Ministry

French authorities shared details of the case with the Indian Embassy, ​​which took note of the incident and said they were investigating the situation. “The embassy team has arrived and obtained consular access. We are investigating the situation, also ensuring the well-being of the passengers,” the Indian Embassy in France said in a statement on Twitter.

People with knowledge of the situation have claimed that the Indian travelers may have planned to travel to Central America to make unauthorized attempts to enter the United States or Canada.

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Published: 23 Dec 2023, 02:56 PM IST


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