Czech police begin questioning five abducted in Lebanon

Czech police will on Friday begin questioning five men released this week after being abducted in Lebanon, a police spokesperson said. The force’s organised crime unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding their kidnapping in July last year. The five are currently being examined by doctors at a Prague medical facility after returning to the Czech Republic on a government plane on Thursday. The head of the organised crime unit, Robert Šlachta, was among the Czech delegation that picked them up. The five were freed just days before a Lebanese man who stood to be extradited to the US was released from prison in Prague, prompting speculation about an exchange deal.

Author: Ian Willoughby