Published: Thu, August 17, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Chloe Ayling kidnap arrest: Brother of suspect arrested

Chloe Ayling kidnap arrest: Brother of suspect arrested

Police have made a second arrest in the case of a British model allegedly kidnapped in Italy.

Ayling has described how she was lured to a fake photoshoot, drugged, stuffed into a auto boot and held for six days in a remote farmhouse in Italy before being released by her captor.

Michael Herba, 36, appeared at Westminster Magistrate's Court on Thursday after being arrested in Birmingham under a European arrest warrant.

A National Crime Agency spokesperson said: "Officers from West Midlands Police and the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) this morning [17 August] arrested the brother of Lukasz Pawel Herba in connection with the kidnapping of Chloe Ayling". Lukasz Herba is accused of demanding a ransom for her.

"The offence took place relatively recently, no evidence has been served in this case, Mr Herba denies involvement", she said, according to the Guardian.

Deputy Senior District Judge Tan Ikram remanded the suspect in custody, saying he was satisfied there were "substantial grounds" to believe he would fail to surrender if he was released.

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Ms Ayling, from south London, has previously hit out at the "frustrating" doubts some people expressed after it emerged she had gone shoe shopping with her alleged captor.

Speaking after the alleged abduction, Ms Ayling said she feared for her life throughout the "terrifying experience".

He is also said to have told investigators he posed as a photographer and met Ms Ayling.

Italian police say she was attacked by two men, drugged with ketamine and abducted, apparently to be sold in an online auction.

Italian authorities said they are looking into claims whether Lukasz Herba has links to the "Black Death" criminal organisation that works on the dark web.

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