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Parents of captured Gilad Shalit file suit in Paris

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Latest update : 2011-06-06

The parents of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier captured by Palestinian militants, are to file a suit in a Paris court on Monday against his kidnapping. Shalit, 24, who has French citizenship, has been held captive since 2006.

AFP - The parents of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, captured by Palestinian militants in Gaza in 2006, plan to file suit in a Paris court against his kidnapping and illegal confinement, his family told AFP.

The parents of Shalit, who has French citizenship, will file suit in Paris against his "kidnapping and illegal confinement", with the aggravating circumstances that he is "held hostage" and may have "suffered from acts of torture or of barbarism."

The suit, to be brought by Noam and Aviva Shalit, will argue that his detention is "illegal" and that there is "no doubt" it was intentional.

Shalit's father is to file the suit in the early morning.

Shalit, now 24, was seized in a 2006 dawn cross-border raid by militants from three Palestinian groups, including Gaza's rulers Hamas.

The Islamist group, which took control of Gaza a year after Shalit's capture, has demanded hundreds of prisoners in exchange for his release, including scores of militants responsible for deadly anti-Israeli attacks.

The last sign of life received from Shalit's captors was in October 2009 when a video recording showed him looking gaunt but apparently in good health.

Date created : 2011-06-06

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