Prague court rejects compensation for Czechs abducted in Lebanon


A Prague court has rejected a compensation claim from four of the five Czechs abducted in Lebanon in 2015 on the argument that the intelligence services could have prevented their abduction.

The judge ruled that there was no indication that the intelligence services had erred in the case. The four had asked for 400 million crowns in compensation.

The five Czechs - a lawyer, a military intelligence officer, an Arabic interpreter and two TV reporters- were travelling in Lebanon when they were abducted.

They spent 199 days in detention and were released shortly after the Czech justice minister announced he would not extradite Ali Fayad, a reported member of the Lebanese secret services held in Prague to the US to face terrorism charges.