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Imprisoned in Malaysia with his wife and children, Rémy Daillet has gone on hunger strike

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Rémy Daillet, figure of a conspiracy movement suspected of having helped organize the kidnapping of little Mia in April, has started a hunger strike from his cell in Malaysia – FOR STEPHANIE/SIPA

A few days after his arrest in Malaysia, Rémy Daillet began a hunger strike from his cell, his lawyer announced on Monday. This figure of a conspiracy movement, suspected of having contributed to the organization of the kidnapping of little Mia in April in France, was under an international arrest warrant. He was arrested with his family on Saturday on the tourist island of Langkawi, in the northwest of Malaysia where he lived, with his pregnant partner and his three children.

“This French family and their children are detained in extremely difficult inhuman and degrading conditions and Mr. Rémy Daillet-Wiedemann has started a hunger strike,” said his lawyer, Jean-Christophe Basson-Larbi, in a statement. He points out that Rémy Daillet and his family were not arrested in connection with the kidnapping of little Mia, but because their visas have expired.

The extension of visas prevented by the French embassy

“Rémy Daillet-Wiedemann and his family regularly stay in Malaysia, where they have been living for more than six years and are perfectly integrated. Due to the lockdowns linked to Covid, administrations were closed, preventing visa renewals for foreigners residing on the island of Langkawi ”, continues Me Basson-Larbi. This specifies that the family has submitted a visa extension request, but this is normally subject to obtaining “a letter of support” from the French Embassy.

“However, for illegitimate and undoubtedly political reasons intended to harm the political opponent Rémy Daillet-Wiedemann and to facilitate the work of the investigating magistrate in charge of the investigation into the kidnapping of little Mia, the Consulate of France told them on May 19 that “this embassy is not in a position to deliver support mail,” “said the lawyer.

“Their children aged 17, 9 and under 2 are going through hell”

He calls on the French consulate and the Quai d’Orsay “to urgently issue a letter of support to this French family in order to put an end to this inhuman detention”. The board emphasizes that Rémy Daillet, his partner “and their children aged 17, 9 and under 2 are going through hell”. His partner “who is currently 6 months pregnant as part of a risky pregnancy, fears losing her child,” adds Me Basson-Larbi.

Little Mia, 8, was kidnapped in mid-April at her mother’s request by several men while she was staying with her grandmother in a village in the Vosges. According to the Nancy prosecutor, Rémy Daillet would have played an important role in the organization of the kidnapping of the child.

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