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Cyprus said to arrest man who aided ‘kidnapping’ of boy orphaned in cable car crash

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An Israeli man who reportedly assisted in the alleged kidnapping of a boy whose parents died in a cable car crash in Italy, has been arrested in Cyprus, reports said Friday.

The battle for custody over Eitan Biran, 6, the sole survivor of the May crash that killed 14 people — including his parents, younger brother and great-grandparents — had captured headlines even before his maternal grandfather, Shmuel Peleg, whisked him away from his paternal aunt’s home and brought him to Israel on a private jet in September in violation of a local court order.

According to Italian daily Corriere Della Sera, warrants had been issued for Peleg as well as for Gabriel Abutbul Alon, a “contractor” who apparently drove the vehicle used to take Peleg and his grandson from Italy to neighboring Switzerland, from where they were flown to Israel.

Alon was arrested in Limassol — where he lives — by Cypriot authorities, Cypriot and Italian media reports said Friday, widely cited in........

© The Times of Israel

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