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Police in Spain have arrested a Pakistani man accused of kidnapping a Slovakian woman as part of a plot to marry her and obtain EU citizenship.
The unnamed 31-year-old man is said to have held her in a flat in Tortosa, near Tarragona, for around three weeks before she managed to alert police in her homeland who contacted colleagues in Catalonia.
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The 42-year-old woman was only able to tell officers in an emergency call that she was in a flat above a red bridge over a river, and that she had found a piece of paper inside the house with a Tortosa address on it.
She is thought to have made the desperate call when her alleged captor left her locked in the property during a brief trip out alone.
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Europol agents alerted regional Mossos d'Esquadra officers in Spain and told them the woman was alleging the forced wedding was due to take place within two days and she had received death threats if she went to the authorities.
The detainee has already appeared in court in a private hearing and been released on bail pending an ongoing criminal probe.
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A spokesman for the Mossos d'Esquadra confirmed: 'Officers have rescued a woman being held against her will in a flat in Tortosa and arrested a man who planned to force her to marry him so he could obtain EU residency.
'The victim, a Slovakian woman, raised the alarm with a call to police in her homeland.
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'The man, a 31-year-old Pakistani national, has been...
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