French prosecutors on Tuesday announced an international arrest warrant for a top figure in conspiracy circles who are suspected of helping organize the kidnapping of an eight-year-old girl who was detained last week.
The teenager, identified as Mia by police in Switzerland on Sunday, was found with her 26-year-old mother, Lola Montemaggi, after a five-day intensive search after she was taken from the home of her grandmother Paulieres in eastern France.
Five men and Montemaggi have been arrested in connection with the abduction, three of whom were shown as child welfare officers to persuade Grandma to hand over Mia.
Prosecutors say the plot was code-named “Operation Lima” and had a budget of walkie-talkies, camping gear, fake license plates, and 3,000 euros ($3,600) to cut costs.
They said the mother’s accomplices in the abduction plan were anti-system activists who believed that “caring children were being taken unfairly from their parents.”
After questioning the suspects, investigators said they helped the French police, known as the proponent of extremist conspiracy theories and a public occupier of the state, Remy Daillet.
Daillet, 54, was a former regional leader of the Centrist Modem Party before he was ousted in 2010.
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The French daily Le Parisien reported on Tuesday that he had been living in Malaysia for several years.
Earlier, Nancy City State Prosecutor Francois Peren said in a statement: Remy Daillet has emerged as the top organizer of the suspects’ movement.
He “could also play a role in organizing the abduction and provided contact details of the man who took the mother and child to Newcastle while fleeing France,” he said.
According to Le Parisien, French investigators say that in November, Daillet instigated a car-ramming attack on a police station in Dax, in southwestern France.
Last summer, they said he used a fake social media account to praise Vandals for damaging a prominent Nazi genocide memorial in Oradour-Sur-Glane, which chanted slogans denying the Holocaust.
Mia’s mother lost custody of her daughter and was no longer allowed to see her alone or talk to her on the telephone.
Hundreds of police gathered in a squat inside an abandoned factory in the Swiss municipality of Sainte-Croix on Sunday morning, ending a search.
Mia was returned to her grandmother’s care on Monday, while Lola Montemaggi is in Swiss custody awaiting extradition.