Kidnapped’ Bolivian president endures unscheduled layover in Vienna airport

Bolivian President Evo Morales, center, speaks to the media at an airport in Vienna, Austria, on July 3, 2013. Helmut Fohringer / EPA
The Bolivian presidential plane taxis to the runway before leaving the Vienna International Airport on July 3, 2013. Heinz-Peter Bader / Reuters

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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Bolivian President Evo Morales talks to the media as he waits for his flight at the Vienna International Airport. Heinz-Peter Bader / Reuters
Bolivian President Evo Morales and Austrian President Heinz Fischer, right, address the media at the Vienna International Airport. Heinz-Peter Bader / Reuters
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