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‘Italian police want to smear us’: Norway firm

The Norwegian company accused of running a "child kidnapping and human trafficking gang" in Italy has accused police in Palermo, Sicily, of deliberately seeking to smear it with false allegations.

'Italian police want to smear us': Norway firm
Martin Waage - ABP World Global website
The Norwegian company accused of running a "child kidnapping and human trafficking gang" in Italy has accused police in Palermo, Sicily, of deliberately seeking to smear it with false allegations. 
 
"These allegations were made by the Palermo police with the sole purpose of harming ABP World Group," ABP World Group said in a press release on Monday night. 
 
The company, which describes itself as a "child recovery" specialist, said that it always followed local and international laws, never used firearms, and only worked for parents who had been awarded sole custody of their children. 
 
Martin Waage, CEO and founder of ABP World Group, said: “We are a serious company working with legal child recoveries. We never use weapons – that would mean that the situation was already too dangerous for the child involved." 
 
The company said that two of its employees have now spent a year in jail in Tunisia without trial. 
 
"They have been falsely accused by Tunisian police of a 'potential kidnapping', when in fact they were hired as a security detail to a woman who was due in court for a custody trial," it said. 
 
"As of today, the mother has been given sole custody of the child by Tunisian court as well, but is still held against her will in Tunisia and hasn’t got her child returned which is a gross violation of the mother´s rights."
 
Sicilian police announced last week that they had arrested four people connected with the company, including Larysa Moskalenko, a Ukrainian former Olympic sailing champion, who is accused of hiring our speedboats to the alleged kidnappers.  
 
Sicilian police said that the company employed  “contractors, for the most part veterans of special corps from the armed forces, ready to offer their operational skills to whoever was willing to pay them handsomely enough." 
 
It accused them of using weapons, such as taser guns and pepper spray during their operations. 
 

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Two women held captive in Bergen flat

Norwegian police have freed two women who were held captive in an apartment in Bergen by a man armed with a knife and axe.

Two women held captive in Bergen flat
Norwegian policewoman - Norwegian Justice Department
The women, both in their 20s, were  rescued after an armed squad stormed the apartment early on Tuesday morning. 
 
"We got the message that a man was holding two women against their will in an apartment, Preben Wallestad of the Hordaland police told Bergens Avisen. "The perpetrator was armed with an axe and a knife, and we therefore sent an armed patrol." 
 
Two men were arrested without incident and are now being questioned. 

 
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