Brother of British model's kidnapper will face trial in Italy

 

MILAN, Aug 9 (Reuters) - The brother of a Polish man convicted of kidnapping a British model in Milan will also stand trial in connection with her abduction, an Italian judge ordered on Thursday.

Michal Konrad Herba, who had been living in Britain, is accused of taking part in the kidnap of Chloe Ayling, who was held captive for six days after being lured to a photo shoot in Italy in July last year.

In a number of media interviews, Ayling, 21, said she was drugged, gagged, bound, stuffed into a bag, put into a car boot and driven to a small town close to the northern city of Turin.

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According to her account, four or five men were involved in the kidnapping.

Lukasz Pawel Herba, Michal's brother, was sentenced in June to serve 16 years in prison and pay 60,000 euros ($69,500) in damages to Ayling, who was a civil plaintiff in the trial.

Michal was extradited to Italy after being arrested by British police in Birmingham, acting on a European arrest warrant issued by Italian authorities. His trial will start in Milan on Oct. 24.

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A person taking part in a reenactment by Italian police shows how a kidnapped British model was kept in a bag, in this handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan on August 5, 2017. Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. PICTURE WAS MASKED AT SOURCE.
A bag used to keep a kidnapped British model prisoner is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan. Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
A vehicle used in the kidnapping of a British model is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan. Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. PICTURE MASKED AT SOURCE.
Lukasz Pawel Herba, the suspected kidnapper of a British model, is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan. Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
A screenshot of an internet page on a laptop belonging to Lukasz Pawel Herba, the suspected kidnapper of a British model, shows a balaclava purchase, in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan. Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
A fake identity card with a different name belonging to Lukasz Pawel Herba, the suspected kidnapper of a British model, is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan. The text on right read, "Purchased on the Internet. Fake identity card." Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
A bag used to keep a kidnapped British model prisoner is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan, Italy. Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Items found at a fake studio where a British model was kidnapped are seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan, Italy. Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Handcuffs used to keep a kidnapped British model prisoner is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan, Italy. Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
A fake studio where a British model was kidnapped is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan, Italy. Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
A vehicle, which police say was purchased in Poland and used in the kidnapping of a British model, is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan, Italy. Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. PICTURE MASKED AT SOURCE.
The interior of a house in a small village near Turin where police say a kidnapped British model was held, is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan. Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
The interior of a house in a small village near Turin where police say a kidnapped British model was held, is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan. Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
The exterior of a house in a small village near Turin where police say a kidnapped British model was held, is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan. Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
A screenshot of a document on a laptop belonging to Lukasz Pawel Herba, the suspected kidnapper of a British model, shows information on the kidnapping and auctioning of girls, in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan. Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
A screenshot of a "Black Death Group" document on a laptop belonging to Lukasz Pawel Herba, the suspected kidnapper of a British model, is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan. Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
A flyer for the "Black Death Group", which police say was found in a shop used as a pretend photographer's studio in Milan, where a British model was kidnapped, is seen in this August 5, 2017 handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Milan, Italy. The information on left, provided by Italian Police, reads, "During the kidnapping, Herba, using encrypted accounts, asked the model's agent to pay $300,000 to avoid auctioning her online. Herba pretended to be a member of the 'Black Death Group', an organisation of the deep web." Herba refers to arrested suspect Lukasz Pawel Herba. Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
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(Reporting by Emilio Parodi, writing by Giulia Segreti; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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