British Model Kidnap Is a 'Sham' Says Lawyer

Chloe Ayling kidnap case: Lawyer claims ordeal could be 'publicity stunt'

Chloe Ayling kidnap case: Lawyer claims ordeal could be 'publicity stunt'

Lukasz Herba, 30, who is being held in custody in Italy, was arrested after bringing Ayling to the British embassy on July 17, six days after her alleged abduction.

A ruling on Herba's extradition is expected on Friday.

Michal was taken into police custody in the West Midlands in August and has denied involvement in the alleged kidnap.

Ms Ayling, 20, is said to have been drugged and bundled into the boot of a auto by a group calling itself Black Death after being lured to a fake modelling shoot in Milan in July.

'There is a real risk that the entire case is a sham, ' he said.

"The same complainant, it seems, generated publicity from the fact she was nearby the scene of a terrorist attack at the Champs Élysées in Paris", he said.

Chloe Ayling from London, made worldwide headlines in August when she said that she had been drugged, stuffed into suitcase and detained by criminals in Italy, who planned to sell her into sex slavery unless her agent paid a 300,000 euro (Dh1.3m) ransom.

According to George Hepburne Scott, who is representing Michael Herba, 36, one of the two brothers suspected of kidnapping Ayling, the allegations could be a "publicity stunt".

'Prior to the release of the complainant, the kidnapper apparently issued a press release to a tabloid newspaper setting out that this lady was being held for auction'.

Furthermore, Herba's lawyer told the court about claims that the 20-year-old model and her captor went shopping for shoes, calling it a "wholly anomalous feature of a hostage situation".

Michal Herba has a heavily pregnant girlfriend in the United Kingdom, and his lawyers said that his extradition may breech his right to a family life under the Human Rights Act, per the BBC.

Mr Scott also said there was a lack of "particularity" in the allegations, which refer to a "strong body of evidence", including DNA samples, statements from the victim, and telephone wire taps.

District Judge Paul Goldspring pointed out much of the material relied on by Mr Scott came from press reports, which he said did not prove any of the theories in the case.

Chloe Ayling said she was stuffed in a suitcase after allegedly being abducted.


Ms Ayling, from Coulsdon, south London, says she travelled to Milan on 10 July for a photo shoot.

"I'm incredibly grateful to the Italian and United Kingdom authorities for all they have done to secure my safe release", she said.

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