Government plane departs for Lebanon to bring back released Czechs


A government plane departed from Prague’s Kbely military airport on Wednesday, headed for Lebanon, where five Czechs who were allegedly abducted last July were freed this week. The men, questioned by the Lebanese authorities, are likely to return home on Thursday. Health care personnel, police officers and other experts will be aboard. Some Lebanese and Czech media have suggested that the release of the five was a diplomatic deal in the form of their swap for Lebanese national Ali Fayad – an alleged collaborator of the Lebanese secret services detained in the Czech Republic. The foreign minister suggested only that no deal had been struck with those behind the abductions.