Indian airline passengers detained in France may be allowed to leave on Monday.


 After examining the Indian airline passengers for two days, French prosecutors approved the plane’s departure on Sunday.

Indian airline passengers detained in France may be allowed to leave on Monday.
According to a lawyer for the Romania-based airline, the 15 crew members of the Legend Airlines charter flight on way from the United Arab Emirates to Nicaragua were questioned and released.(AP)

 

A plane carrying 303 Indian people imprisoned in Paris on suspicion of human trafficking will be allowed to depart on Monday, according to French judicial officials, though its destination remains unknown.

The Nicaragua-bound Airbus A340 and its Indian passengers were detained at Vatry airport, 150 kilometres (95 miles) east of Paris, after an anonymous tip that it was carrying potential victims of human trafficking.

After examining the passengers for two days, French prosecutors approved the plane’s departure on Sunday, and complete approval is expected Monday, according to the local prefecture.

Despite the fact that no destination was mentioned in the notification, the chairman of the local bar organisation, Francois Procureur, told a press conference that the passengers would be transported to India.

According to a source close to the investigation, the Indians were most likely labourers in the United Arab Emirates on their way to Nicaragua as a transit point to the United States or Canada.

During the investigation, passengers on the flight operated by the Romanian business Legend Airlines were housed at the airport.

According to the local prefecture, beds, toilets, and showers have been installed, and police have barred press and strangers from visiting the airport.

According to Paris prosecutors, the passengers included 11 unaccompanied youngsters.

Since Friday, two passengers have been arrested “to verify” whether their role “may have been different than the others in this transport, and under what conditions and with what objectives.”

According to a source close to the issue, twelve of the passengers have claimed asylum.

The Indian embassy in Paris announced on X Saturday that “embassy consular staff” were on site to collaborate with French police “for the welfare” of detained passengers in order to get a “early resolution of the situation.”

The crew of 30 was not detained. Some were in charge of the Dubai-Vatry segment, while others were in charge of the flight to Managua. Legend Airlines has four planes, according to Flightradar24.

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