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'Kidnapped' Bolivian president endures unscheduled layover in Vienna airport

Bolivia denounced the "abduction" of President Evo Morales and alleged that international law had been violated after his plane was grounded and searched amid a false rumor that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board.
Image: Bolivian President Evo Morales at Vienna airport
Bolivian President Evo Morales, center, speaks to the media at an airport in Vienna, Austria, on July 3, 2013.Helmut Fohringer / EPA / APA
Image: Bolivian presidential plane taxis to the runway before leaving the Vienna International Airport in Schwechat
The Bolivian presidential plane taxis to the runway before leaving the Vienna International Airport on July 3, 2013.Heinz-Peter Bader / Reuters / X00316

Bolivia denounced the "abduction" of President Evo Morales and alleged that international law had been violated after his plane was grounded and searched amid a false rumor that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board.

The jet took off from Vienna, Austria, on Wednesday, almost 12 hours after it was forced to land there when France, Portugal, Italy and Spain all denied the plane access to their airspace.

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Image: Bolivian President Morales talks to the media as he waits for his flight at the Vienna International Airport in Schwechat
Bolivian President Evo Morales talks to the media as he waits for his flight at the Vienna International Airport.Heinz-Peter Bader / Reuters / X00316
Image: Bolivian President Morales and Austrian President Fischer address a news conference at the Vienna International Airport in Schwechat
Bolivian President Evo Morales and Austrian President Heinz Fischer, right, address the media at the Vienna International Airport.Heinz-Peter Bader / Reuters / X00316