EU: Brexit ‘will lead to rise in child abductions’


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More parents could abduct their children and take them abroad because of Brexit, a law firm has claimed.

Cara Nuttall, a partner at JMW Solicitors, said the firm had already seen a spike in enquiries from parents scared that their children would not be returned home from overseas visits by their co-parent.

There has also been a spike in enquiries about disputes over travel plans and applications for dual citizenship, where one parent is from the EU.

She said the Manchester-based firm had received 30% more enquiries of that nature in the three months to the end of June, compared with the same period last year.

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‘One year on from the referendum, it’s clear that Brexit is having an impact on family life where one or both parents is from the EU,’ Nuttall said.

‘We have seen a significant increase over recent weeks in the number of parents in rocky relationships, or who are already separated or divorced, seeking advice about their rights to relocate or to stop the other parent from travelling because they are scared they may not come back with the children.

‘We’ve also seen a rise in disputes about applications for foreign nationality and travel documents for children entitled to dual citizenship in fragile international families.

‘Some foreign parents feel strongly they want to maximise their chances of being able to return home if things don’t work out, while British parents are concerned about them doing exactly that, and want to make it harder for them to take the children should they wish to do so.’

Brexit 'will lead to rise in child abductions'
Enquiries are likely to go up as we near the 2019 deadline for leaving the EU (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Nuttall said the firm expected to see even more of these cases over the summer months, and increasingly as we approach the 2019 deadline for leaving the EU.

She continued: ‘It’s clear that the uncertainty caused by Brexit has led to discussions in these families about the future, leaving some parents feeling extremely vulnerable when they realise they have diverging views.

‘It seems some foreign nationals are not certain they want to remain here in the long-term, especially against a backdrop of anti-European feeling.

‘They’re worried that if they don’t go soon, they may end up stuck here if they want to see their children grow up. The inevitable temptation is to consider taking matters into their own hands, and just go.’

There is a framework in place to deal with parental abductions across Europe, but it only applies to the EU. So, after we leave the union, that vital framework may not stay in place.

‘We simply do not know what the replacement measures will be, nor how well they will work,’ Nuttall warned.

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Two children abducted by gunmen on outskirts of Beirut


April 7, 2016

Source: annahar.com

BEIRUT: Four gunmen kidnapped Wednesday two children in Hadath, on the southern outskirts of Beirut, over an alleged family dispute, a source told Annahar.

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The source said the children were abducted while they were waiting for their school bus along with their grandmother.

The gunmen, who were reportedly driving a silver Hyundai, abducted Lahala El Amine (6 years old) and her younger brother Noah El Amine (4 years old) struck the grandmother Ibtisam El Amine on the head with a gun, the source added.

According to the source, the children’s father Ali El Amine and his wife Sally Clafinger, an Australian national, fell into a dispute and got separated after El Amine agreed to pay a monthly alimony.

The source said El Amine later flew the children from Australia back to Lebanon with Clafinger’s knowledge. However, Clafinger started sending threatening emails and text messages after El Amine stopped paying alimony before secretly traveling to Lebanon, and delegating gunmen to conduct the kidnapping, the source said.

Preliminary investigations suggested that Clafinger may have received help from local accomplices.
Soon after, Clafinger contacted El Amine on his personal phone and informed him that the children are with her, the source said.

The source said El Amine immediately notified general security of the abduction amid concerns that Clafinger may fly the children back to Australia.

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Pakistani father charged with parental kidnapping


June 2, 2015

Source: Chicago Sun Times

A north suburban man is facing federal kidnapping charges for allegedly taking his children out of the country without their mother’s knowledge.

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Skokie resident Murtaza Ali, 44, was charged with one count of international parental kidnapping by a federal grand jury, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Ali took his three minor children on a flight to Istanbul on May 2, federal authorities claim. The children’s mother did not know about the trip or give permission for them to travel abroad.

She realized they were missing when Ali and the children didn’t show up to pick her up from a social gathering, authorities said. Once she made it home, the house was a mess and their luggage and passports were missing.

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 Ali, a Pakistani national, called the children’s mother from Turkey and said he planned to take them to Karachi, Pakistan, with him, authorities claim.

He was arrested at O’Hare International Airport when he returned with the children on May 6, authorities said.

Ali is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in U.S. District Court, the statement said. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Lawyer says daughter in alleged parental kidnapping case suffers from PTSD


January 20 , 2015

Source: unionleader.com

LANCASTER — Last week ended with a flurry of motions filed in the case of accused parental kidnapper Genevieve Kelley, including one to let her daughter provide videotaped testimony because a court appearance would traumatize the 18-year-old and cause a “severe reaction.”

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Kelley, a former physician in the North Country, faces two counts of interference with custody for fleeing the state and going into hiding in 2004 with her then 8-year-old daughter Mary Nunes, whom Kelley claimed was sexually abused by her ex-husband Mark Nunes. Authorities do not believe the allegations are true; Mark Nunes has not been charged.

On Nov. 17, 2014, Kelley surrendered to the Coos County Sheriff’s Office. But Mary Nunes, now 18, and Scott Kelley, who is Kelley’s current husband and is also charged, have not come forward.

Genevieve Kelley has asserted two affirmative defenses: conceding that while breaking the law, she was justified in doing so because it prevented Mary from further alleged abuse and also that there was no alternative except to leave the state because Mary faced “real and imminent physical danger.”

In motions filed Friday, Kelley’s attorney Alan Rosenfeld wants the court to allow Mary Nunes to testify in her mother’s trial by videotape, saying the possibility of testifying in open court and in the presence of her father would result in her suffering “emotional or mental strain” and could potentially “cause such severe reaction as to make her unable to recall and relate the facts that are relevant to this case.”

Although Mary Nunes “is currently in hiding,” she intends to return for the trial, Rosenfeld wrote, but because she suffers from post-traumatic-stress disorder — a consequence of the alleged abuse by Mark Nunes — she should be allowed to provide videotaped testimony that would be recorded in the week before the trial.

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Last Thursday, Coos County Attorney John McCormick filed five separate motions in the Kelley case in which he sought to extend the filing of substantive motions until Feb. 15; to continue Kelley’s jury trial from March 23 to sometime in May; to depose Mary Nunes; to allow prior court orders to be allowed into evidence; and to take away the ability of Alan Rosenfeld to be part of Kelley’s defense team.

Rosenfeld, who is licensed to practice law in Colorado but not in New Hampshire, was previously granted permission by Justice Peter Bornstein to represent Kelley, who is also represented by John McKinnon of Campton.

During Kelley’s Dec. 18 arraignment, Bornstein rejected McCormick’s motion not to grant Rosenfeld’s motion to represent Kelley. At that time, McCormick claimed that Rosenfeld’s remarks to a North Country newspaper prior to the arraignment were prejudicial and had the effect of poisoning the pool of prospective jurors.

McCormick’s new motion is based on a Jan. 7 e-mail that he believes was sent by Kelley, Rosenfeld or their agent to media outlets.

The e-mail contained a photo and a prepared statement about Kelley’s release earlier that day from the Grafton County Jail after she posted $250,000 cash bail.

The court has not yet set any dates for hearings on McCormick’s motion, nor on those filed on Friday by Rosenfeld.

In his motions, Rosenfeld wants McCormick to produce a letter from Mark Nunes that McCormick attempted to present to the court at Kelley’s arraignment.

At the arraignment, McCormick asked the court to order that Kelley undergo a wellness evaluation and submitted, but later withdrew, a letter from Mark Nunes, who, like his ex-wife, is also a physician.

Rosenfeld also wants to know about any communication McCormick’s office has had with representatives of Mark Nunes, private investigators, “and TV or news personnel.”

McCormick has asked the court to prohibit Kelley from using the affirmative defenses; a hearing on the matter has been scheduled for Feb. 4.

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Parental Kidnapping – Omar Allibhoy, celebrity chef, wins child abduction case in B.C. court


January 15 , 2015

Source: www.cbc.ca 

B.C. court rules chef’s estranged wife was wrong to move their child from London to Coquitlam.

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Spanish celebrity chef Omar Allibhoy has won a child custody battle in B.C. Supreme Court, which ruled his estranged wife violated international child abduction laws when she brought their toddler to live in B.C.

Allibhoy, 30, is the part-owner of two successful London restaurants called Tapas Revolution, and has been dubbed the “Antonio Banderas of cooking” by Gordon Ramsay.

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He met his former wife Marsha Tanya Tabalujan, a 34-year-old Canadian-Indonesian, while she was working in the hospitality industry in London in 2005.

They married in 2009, and while they were still together, Tabalujan moved back to her parents’ home in Coquitlam, B.C. to give birth to their son in 2013.

The next year the couple moved into their new apartment in London and began raising their son.

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But as the relationship began to break down, the couple agreed to return the boy to Canada to live with Tabalujan’s parents while they worked on their relationship and careers in London.

Shortly afterwards, the couple separated and Tabalujan returned to Canada and cancelled plans to have their son return to London. Both parties then launched legal actions in B.C. Supreme Court.

In her petition Tabalujan alleged Allibhoy “used cocaine recreationally,” and that would put the child at “grave risk.”

But Allibhoy responded in his petition that Tabalujan also used cocaine recreationally.

In his ruling Justice Peter Voith noted that while neither of them denied the claims of cocaine use, a drug test of Allibhoy’s hair concluded he had not used in the past three months, and the child would not be in harm’s way if returned to live in London.

In the end the judge ruled that under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, a parent cannot unilaterally change the habitual residence of a child.

He ordered that their son must be returned to London, where the issue of custody could be settled by British courts.

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Parental Child Abduction to Ukraine and Russia


November 5, 2012

Child kidnapping is a crime that happens with frightening regularity. And it often involves the parents. Sometimes a Ukrainian-born mother cannot adapt to her new life abroad and returns to the safety of her native Ukraine, taking along her child without the father’s consent. Or a divorce has gone wrong, and the mother takes the child back to Ukraine despite a court order that allows the father visitation rights.

In any case, domestic child kidnapping is a fairly common event that carries criminal consequences for the offending parent.

As a general rule, the Ukrainian Interpol Bureau, a part of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, should take action based on Interpol notices for missing children and kidnapping parents. This warrant information is also shared with the Ukrainian State Border Control Service.

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Unfortunately, there is no national coordinating agency for such searches. The State Execution Service of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine enforces related court decisions on a case-by-case basis and the Court’s Execution Service involves other relevant agencies, such as local police or children’s services. The entire system is quite bureaucratic and unpredictable, and often precious little gets done in the way of returning the child to the foreign parent.

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