A new twist in Zambia: Croatians who were accused of child trafficking were arrested at the airport, then released

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The Zambian Immigration Department re-arrested the eight Croats, just one day after the human trafficking charges were dismissed, the Croatian media announced today.

A court in Ndola, Zambia yesterday dismissed charges against Croatian nationals for child trafficking and ordered them to leave the country within 48 hours. But today, after properly checking in at the airport, and at the very exit to the plane, they were stopped and arrested again by order of the National Prosecutor's Office (NPA).

Immigration Department Public Relations Officer Namati Nshinka confirmed the arrest of the Croatian couple. - I can confirm that eight Croats have been arrested again. We have received a warrant from the NPA for a new arrest, Nshinka said, reports the Mwebantu agency via a post on Twitter.

For now, it is not known why they were arrested again.

Four couples from Croatia were arrested in early December at Ndola airport, the third largest city in Zambia, under suspicion of human trafficking, i.e. due to suspicion of the validity of the documents for the adoption of minor children from the DR Congo.

They were charged with attempted human trafficking and forging documents. Two weeks ago, they were released from custody to defend themselves after fulfilling all the conditions set by the court. After the charge was dropped yesterday, they were ordered to leave Zambia within 48 hours.

It is not yet known what will happen to the children that the four couples adopted, which were taken from them after the indictment was filed.

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