French sect leader Alain Schmitt on hunger strike

The leader of a French sect in detention at Mount Carmel hospital has been on a hunger strike since Wednesday morning after he was denied bail, according to his lawyer.

Speaking in front of the Great Siege monument, facing the law courts in Valletta yesterday, lawyer Emmy Bezzina said he had filed a constitutional application claiming breach of human rights over the bail denial and the order to extradite Alain Schmitt, 49, and his girlfriend Laurence Liegeois, 47.

He claimed that Mr Schmitt’s medical condition was deteriorating and that his client was refusing to eat.

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He said three MPs were prepared to take the matter to Parliament but they preferred not to be named for the time being.

The couple, who form part of a French sect, MINH, are in custody after France issued an arrest warrant for them as they are wanted on convictions of extortion and kidnapping, among other charges.

The couple fled France and made it to Malta but were arrested here on January 7.
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– Source / Full Story: French sect leader ‘on hunger strike’, Waylon Johnston, The Times of Malta, Feb. 19, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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