Seven Slovaks who were detained last week for alleged conspiracy in a coup in the Central African Republic have their passports again, said the spokesman for the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ľuboš Schwarzbacher, to the SITA newswire on September 6.
The seven had their passports withheld even after they were released from custody and it was confirmed that they were hunters with the required licenses. The group is now waiting for a possibility to fly out of the country.
The seven Slovaks were detained by the army last Wednesday in the town Nola in the southwest of the Central African Republic with allegations that that they were mercenaries and revolutionaries. Although they were released last Friday they were not given their passports at that time.
Soldiers detained the group of men as they were loading two boxes with weapons and munitions on a pickup truck. They were disarmed and driven to the capital city of Bangui where they ended up in cells at army headquarters.
The group arrived to the African country legally approximately two weeks ago. The initial story was that that they were investors in forestry and agriculture. Afterwards, information surfaced that that they were mercenaries. After their detention, it was determined that they really were hunters with the proper licenses for hunting in that country.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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7. Sep 2010 at 10:00