Maryland Mother Fighting To Get Kidnapped Son Back From Tunisia


May 22, 2015

Souce: cbslocal

A Maryland mother fighting for years to get her kidnapped son back to the United States. Eslam Chebbi, 8, was abducted by his father and taken to Tunisia in 2011.

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Meghan McCorkell spoke with his mother about new hopes he can return home.

It’s been nearly a year since Edeanna Johnson-Chebbi was able to see her son inside a Tunisian courtroom after he was abducted by his own father.

In October of 2011, Edeanna Johnson-Chebbi’s two children were on a scheduled weekend visit with her ex-husband when she got a devastating phone call.

“It was the worst phone call of my life–that he had the children, they were in Tunisia and I’d never see them again,” said Johnson-Chebbi.

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Her ex-husband is now on the FBI’s Most Wanted list for parental abductions.

Johnson-Chebbi has won custody of her kids in both the U.S. and Tunisia. She managed to bring her daughter, Zainab, home last year. But her son, Eslam, remains with his father.

Now she believes President Barack Obama might be able to help.

On Thursday, the president met for the first time with the newly elected leader of Tunisia in the Oval Office.

“I indicated to the president my intention to designate Tunisia as a major non NATO ally of the United States,” President Obama said.

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Johnson-Chebbi hopes her son’s case may have been part of the discussion.

“I would hope that he would express his concern as a father for the rights of a son to be home with the family that he was torn away from,” she said.

Maryland lawmakers have also been pushing to reunite the family.

“Child abduction cases are heartbreaking. They’re heartbreaking,” said Senator Ben Cardin, (D) Maryland.

Now, with Eslam’s ninth birthday just days away, Johnson-Chebbi has a message for him:

“His sister and I and his grandparents and all of his family pray for him and we think about him and we talk about him and his spirit is alive in ours every moment of every day,” said Johnson-Chebbi.

And she hopes he will spend his next birthday here at home.

Both senators Cardin and Mikulski have written letters to the Tunisian president, asking him to intervene in the case.

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Two abducted Fairfax kids believed to be in Tunisia


September 26, 2012

Source: Washington Examiner

Authorities are trying to recover two young Fairfax County children who were allegedly kidnapped by their father and taken to Tunisia.

Three-year-old Zainab Chebbi and 6-year-old Eslam Chebbi have been missing since Nov. 11, when prosecutors say their father, 39-year-old Faical Chebbi, flew with them to Tunisia.

Faical Chebbi called the children’s mother — his ex-wife — the next day and told her that he and the children would not be returning, according to court records. Chebbi was charged in federal court in Alexandria with international parental kidnapping.

Chebbi and Edeanna Johnson-Chebbi divorced in January, nearly a year after she obtained a protective order because he threatened to kill her, according to court documents. Johnson-Chebbi had sole custody of Zainab and Eslam; Chebbi absconded with the children after picking them up from their grandparents’ house in Prince George’s County for a scheduled visit, according to the court documents.

“At first, I was sort of in an action mode,” said Johnson-Chebbi, who created a Facebook page and online petitions about the case.

“What else are you going to do?” she told The Washington Examinerin December. “I won’t allow myself to imagine that this will pass. They will be home. I just don’t know how or when.”

But Johnson-Chebbi faces an uphill battle. There are no treaties or agreements between the United States and Tunisia regarding parental abduction cases.

This summer, Faical Chebbi was added to the FBI Washington Field Office’s Wanted Fugitives list.

Anyone with information on the case can contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-THE-LOST (843-5678).

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US Issues Arrest Warrant for Tunisian-American Accused of Abducting His Children


Source: Tunisia Live

Edeanna Johnson Chebbi, and American citizen, has called for the American and Tunisian governments to help bring back her two children who she says were abducted by her ex-husband, Tunisian-American Faical Chebbi.

According to Ms. Chebbi, her ex-husband picked up the couple’s two children for his bi-weekly visit on Friday, November 11th, 2011, from Ms. Chebbi’s residence in Virginia.  She then received a phone call from her husband the next day: he was calling from Tunisia and had no intentions of returning the children.

Mr. Chebbi granted full legal and physical custody of Eslam, aged 5, and Zainab, aged 2, to his then-wife in January, 2011. In October of the same year, the couple’s divorce was finalized.

Ms. Chebbi holds that Mr. Chebbi violated U.S. law by leaving the country with Eslam and Zainab. At the time that Faical left, both parents were under a court order not to remove the children from the U.S.

There are currently state and federal warrants in the U.S. for the return of Zainab and Eslam, and for the arrest of Faical Chebbi.

Ms. Chebbi has gained attention for her cause in Virginia and within the United States: A petition to return the two children was signed by 18,000 Americans. In addition, a rally was organized in front of the Tunisian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Chebbi stated that officials at the Tunisian Embassy reassured her long before the kidnapping that they would not provide Faical with passports for his children without notifying her. However, an official at the embassy told Tunisia Live that they gave Ms. Chebbi no such assurances. The official stated that Mr. Chebbi had every right to acquire Tunisian passports for his two children who, according to Tunisian law, are Tunisian citizens due to their father’s nationality.

The Tunisian Embassy refused to further comment on the case, insisting that they had not broken any Tunisian laws, which are the only laws they are required to follow.

Ms. Chebbi stated to Tunisia Live that she has hired a Tunisian lawyer to plead her case in the country’s courts.

Although in violation of U.S. custody law, Mr. Chebbi is within his legal rights in Tunisia. Tunisian law gives the father full discretion as to where his minor children travel and reside. In addition, children born in a foreign country to a Tunisian father automatically obtain Tunisian citizenship.

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Dad takes kids in Fairfax, flees to Tunisia


Source: Washington Examiner

By: Emily Babay | 12/20/11 8:05 PM
Examiner Staff Writer | Follow Her: @Emilybabay
Photo courtesy of National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
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Authorities are trying to recover two young Fairfax County children who were allegedly kidnapped by their father and taken to Tunisia.

Two-year-old Zainab Chebbi and 5-year-old Eslam Chebbi have been missing since Nov. 11, when prosecutors say their father, 39-year-old Faical Chebbi, flew with them to Tunisia.

Faical Chebbi called the children’s mother — his ex-wife — the next day and told her he and the children would not be returning, according to court records. Chebbi was charged in federal court in Alexandria with international parental kidnapping.

Chebbi and Edeanna Johnson-Chebbi divorced in January, nearly a year after she obtained a protective order because he threatened to kill her, according to court documents. Johnson-Chebbi had sole custody of Zainab and Eslam; Chebbi absconded with the children after picking them up from their grandparents’ house in Prince George’s County for a scheduled visit, according to the court documents.

“At first, I was sort of in an action mode,” said Johnson-Chebbi, who has created a Facebook pageand online petitions about the case. She said coping has gotten harder over the past month, but she is still optimistic her children will be returned.

“What else are you going to do?” she told The Washington Examiner. “I won’t allow myself to imagine that this will pass. They will be home. I just don’t know how or when.”

But Johnson-Chebbi faces an uphill battle. There are no treaties or agreements between the United States and Tunisia regarding parental abduction cases. The countries also don’t have an extradition treaty. And her ex-husband’s “arrogance” means the filing of criminal charges is unlikely to change his mindset, Johnson-Chebbi said.

She said the family’s court documents were on file with the Tunisian Embassy and the children shouldn’t have been able to obtain passports.

No attorney was listed for Chebbi in court records. The embassy didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Anyone with information can contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-THE-LOST (843-5678).

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