The case against Lukasz Herba accused of kidnapping, drugging British model Chloe Ayling, before stuffing her in a suitcase during her six-day ordeal was up before a court in Milan, Italy
Chloe Ayling was allegedly kidnapped after being lured to fake modelling shoot, in Milan
The Italian court ruled that 22-year-old glamor model, Ayling, was not part of her own ‘abduction for ransom’ plot, rejecting claims by Herba, that the alleged victim was part of ransom plan ‘to make her famous’
Herba, 33, is accused of luring, abducting and trying to auction the model off, then demanded ransom of her friends
The suspect told the court the whole kidnap plot was a ‘fabricated’ publicity stunt for the mother-of-one
London based Ayling has always denied being involved in the plot as anything other than the victim, she claims she would have been sold on the dark web
But a court in Milan rejected the claim and adjourned the case until February 8
After a friend revealed that during her ordeal the victim went shoe shopping with her abductor
Investigators in Italy accept the kidnapping was real and Ayling was doped with ketamine, however they believe, there are gaps in her story
But, Italian press have raised questions about the kidnap plot as it has emerged Chloe knew her abductor, who she met on a photo shoot in Paris in April
British glamour model Chloe Ayling has always denied being involved in the plot as anything other than the victim
Lukasz Herba, who is accused of abducting Miss Ayling said her whole ordeal and the demand for a £264,000 ransom was staged to raise her profile.
The court in Milan dismissed the claims by Herba’s attorney Katia Kolakowska.
A judge at the Corte d’Assises in Milan also rejected an application by Ms Kolakowska to Mandate Ayling to travel to Italy to testify in the trial.
The case until February 8. Herba’s brother Michal, 36, from Birmingham is facing extradition to Italy to face trial.
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The Italian court said that the alleged kidnapping of Chloe Ayling by Lukasz Herba, [photo, in handcuffs], was not a publicity stunt
Herba [center], told a court court in Milan Wednesday, the plot to kidnap the British glamor model was staged with her involvement to raise her profile. The court disagreed with the defense arguement
Chloe Ayling recounting her ordeal and said that she was convinced that she was going to die when she was lured to a fake photoshoot in Milan. She was spared she said when her abductors realized she was a mother
Alleged kidnap victim Chloe Ayling is a glamor model who travelled to Italy believing she was going for a photo shoot. She was ultimately drugged, handcuffed and loaded into a car boot in Milan before being driven 120 miles to a farmhouse in Turin where she was kept for six days.
Lukasz Herba [left], who is accused of abducting Miss Ayling [right] said her whole ordeal and the demand for a £264,000 ransom was staged to raise her profile
Michal is currently fighting extradition from the UK and a British judge has previously said he should fly to Italy to join his sibling to face the allegations.
Lukasz, a Polish resident, had claimed that they ‘planned’ the kidnapping plot when they met in Paris and that she did it to become a celebrity.
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British Glamour model, Chloe Ayling recounts her ordeal after she was lured to Italy then abducted by crime syndicate, held captive in farmhouse and auctioned as sex slave on Dark Web
Ms Kolakowska said before today’s hearing: ‘He says the kidnap was a fabrication. They planned it together so she would become famous.’
She also said that there was evidence they had an ‘existing relationship’.
Miss Ayling said she was sedated and bundled into the boot of a car after being tricked into attending a bogus photoshoot on July 11, then held captive in a remote farmhouse in Turin.
But Lukasz said he did not knowingly take part in any crime.
Glamor model Ayling [photo L-R], from south London, claimed she would have been sold on the dark web
Still Lukasz Herba [photo], has maintained that he and the supposed victim ‘planned’ the kidnapping plot when they met in Paris and that she did it to become a celebrity.
Ayling’s former manager Phil Green, had previously said: ‘Of course it [kidnap and ransom], wasn’t a sham!
‘I said six weeks ago that Chloe was genuinely kidnapped and I still stand by that.
‘Herba’s lawyer is in cloud cuckcoo land if he thinks he is going to successfully defend his client by suggesting it was staged.’
Herba’s solicitor reportedly asked for the trial to be adjourned until his brother, Michal, is able to defend himself alongside his sibling.
The young model [seen in captivity], claims she was lured on the pretext of a non-existent photoshoot, sedated and bundled into the boot of a car after being tricked into attending a fake shoot
Ayling said she was kidnapped and then taken to a remote farmhouse in Turin, Italy [photo], the farmhouse where model Chloe Ayling ‘was kept for six days’
Michal Herba [left], is fighting extradition to Italy to face trial with brother Lukasz in the kidnap of Ayling [right]
Police say Polish-born Herba and his brother Michal, 36, lured Chloe to a fake modelling job before giving her ketamine and bundling her into a car.
Lukasz was arrested after delivering Ms Ayling to the British Embassy on July 17 – six days after she was allegedly kidnapped.
Michal was arrested by the UK National Crime Agency on a European Arrest Warrant issued by the Italian authorities in August 2017. Michal Herba since has been fighting extradition to Italy to face trial with brother Lukasz in the kidnap of British model, Ayling