Slidell man returns after being imprisoned in South Sudan for two months

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 4:58pm

A Slidell resident is home today after he was detained in South Sudan for nearly two months.

Elton Mark McCabe stepped into the New Orleans International Airport to a tearful reunion with his family and friends.

McCabe and an Iraqi man run a construction and consultant firm. On Oct. 14, they were arrested on allegations of kidnapping an Indian businessman for a $5 million ransom.

The pair denied the charges and said security forces detained them and provided neither medical nor consulate assistance. McCabe and his family maintain the entire situation is a misunderstanding.

McCabe was transferred to four different prisons over a 40 day period of time. During that time he suffered a mild heart attack. 

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