EXCLUSIVE: Brother of man jailed for kidnapping Chloe Ayling charged

EXCLUSIVE: Brother of a man jailed for kidnapping model Chloe Ayling is extradited to Italy on similar charges

  • Michal Herba, 37, arrived in Milan and will stand trial for his part in the kidnap 
  • Model, 20, was drugged and kidnapped after arriving in Milan, Italy for work
  • She was held captive and eventually released by Polish national Lukasz Herba
  • The 30-year-old was this month jailed for 16 years leaving her ‘vindicated’ 

The brother of a man jailed for kidnapping model Chloe Ayling has today been extradited to Italy to face similar charges, Mail Online can reveal.

Michal Herba, 37, arrived at Milan’s Linate airport under escort and will stand trial for his part in the kidnap of the 21-year-old glamour model.

His brother Lukas, 30, was jailed for 16 years earlier this month for drugging, abducting and holding the model for ransom at a remote farmhouse in the Italian countryside.

A police handout showing the two brothers both of whom now may now be jailed in Milan

British model Chloe Ayling seen for the first time since her kidnapper was jailed. She was pictured in London carrying out errands with an unknown man

Ms Ayling thought she was going to die during the kidnap. She is pictured outside her south London home last year after she was returned to the UK 

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The Polish national had always denied kidnapping Ayling and claimed she had agreed to stage a fake abduction in the hope of boosting her modeling career.

A jury in Milan rejected his story and Herba was sentenced to 16 years in jail with Ayling saying afterwards she was ‘vindicated’ by the verdict.

Herba was arrested in Milan last July after he released Ayling outside the British embassy while his brother was arrested at his home in the West Midlands days later.

Michal has claimed he was not involved in the kidnap plot and fought an almost year-long court battle to avoid extradition.

The High Court ruled last month that there was enough evidence presented by the Italian authorities for Michal to be extradited and be put on trial.

Lawyers for Michael had claimed the Italian authorities had said he was ‘complicit’ with the kidnapping but had failed to show enough evidence to warrant his removal.

Lady Justice Sharp ruled the warrant was ‘adequate’ and outlined the allegations against him.

Ms Ayling looked calm and collected out in London wearing a black LA sports cap, white Adidas tracksuit and black leggings

She was photographed with an unknown man before getting into a car and driving off 

Michal was flown to Milan, Italy, today escorted by officers from the National Crime Agency and handed over to Italian police.

He was driven to the San Vittore prison where he will be held until his trial.

This picture was emailed to Ms Ayling’s agent and used to advertise her for sale on the dark web after Herba kidnapped her 

During his brother’s trial the court was told the pair had been captured on CCTV close to the building where Ayling had been lured on thepromise of a modeling photo shoot.

Italian authorities also have CCTV images of Michal driving in Italy – when he claimed to be in the UK.

Email exchanges between the brothers were also retrieved from a computer used by Lukas in the kidnap planning.

In one email Lukas talked about getting hold of bag that would be big enough to hold Ayling.

Italian authorities have yet to decide on what formal charges Michael will face when he appears before an examining magistrate.

His brother who lived in Oldbury, West Midlands, posed as a photographer in July last year and lured Ayling to a fake studio in Milan. A previous attempt to kidnap Ayling in Paris was called off after the city was flooded with police following a terror attack.

Mum of one Ayling was injected with the tranquilliser drug ketamine and photographed semi conscious while being held at a remote farmhouse near Turin.

Herba asked for a ransom and claimed he was acting for a group called Black Death who planned to sell Ayling as a sex slave.

The day before being released Ayling was captured on CCTV cameras walking hand-in-hand with Herba.

Pictured: Chloe Ayling runs errands in her car in London after her kidnapper was jailed

Lukasz Herba is pictured sitting in a Milan court room. He was found guilty of the kidnap of Chloe Ayling and sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison 

The glamour model said she felt vindicated by the verdict after doubts had been cast on her version of events 

It was these images and her apparent calm demeanour in later interviews that led to speculation she was involved in the elaborate kidnap plan.

Ayling was released after six days when Herba dropped her at the British consul in Milan where he was immediately arrested.

Prosecutors said Herba was a fantasist who had came up with the kidnap plan to persuade Ayling to fall in love with him

Ayling did not give evidence at the trial or appear after a judge ruled her video testimony was enough and the court believed her story.

Following Herba’s 16 years and nine months sentence she spoke of her relief.

She said: ‘I’m so very happy this is all over. ‘I am very pleased and relieved by the outcome of today’s hearing and feel that justice has been served and I can get closure on what has been a terrible time for me.

”I am desperate to put this ordeal behind me, move on with my life and forge a new path now that the world can see I was telling the truth.’

Herba’s lawyer Katia Kowlalovska said she planned to appeal the sentence inisting Ayling had given two different versions of what took place to police.

She also objected to not being allowed to cross examine Ayling in court. A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed Michael Herba had been extradited.


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