Police boarded a Bucharest-bound plane yesterday and arrested an English couple suspected of attempting to abduct their 21-year-old daughter, who has accused them of abuse.
The daughter, who was also on the plane, appeared to have been injected with a drug that made her groggy and was taken to Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, for treatment.
Abraham Lavi, the parents' lawyer, said that the daughter is being treated for medical problems, and that the substance she had received is a medication she is supposed to take daily. Lavi presented the daughter's medical records to the court in a closed session.
The daughter left home several weeks ago and had been staying with relatives in Bnei Brak. She reportedly told them her parents had been beating her.
The court extended the parents' remand by one day. Police also plan to question the Bnei Brak relatives, whom the parents say are the ones who should be accused of abduction.
"This is an abduction by the family members in Israel and not by the biological parents," Lavi said in court. "The parents of the young woman filed a complaint in Jerusalem over the abduction of their daughter. The family members want custody of the young woman to increase their income from welfare."
The police are awaiting the results of a blood test to determine what was in the daughter's bloodstream when she was on the plane.
Police officers raided the plane after the Bnei Brak relatives filed a missing person complaint.
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