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President Deby pardons Zoe's Ark charity workers

Latest update : 2008-03-31

Chad's President Idriss Deby signed a pardon for six French aid workers jailed in December for attempting to smuggle 103 African children out of Chad, according to Chadian state radio.

Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno pardoned Monday six French charity workers sentenced in December to eight years of hard labour for attempting to fly 103 African children to France.
   
"A presidential pardon has been granted to the six French members of Zoe's Ark," read a decree signed by Deby and released in Ndjamena.
   
French charity Zoe's Ark had sought to fly 103 children -- almost all of whom are from Chad -- to France in October for adoption after claiming they were orphans or refugees from Sudan's war-wracked Darfur region.
   
International aid staff later found almost all the children to be from Chad and have at least one living parent.
   
The charity's head Eric Breteau and five colleagues were sentenced in December to eight years hard labour by a Chad court for the attempted airlift last year, before being sent to France to serve their sentence in jail.
   
 

Date created : 2008-03-31

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