‘Asia’s sexiest DJ’ awaits judge’s decision in abduction case


June 24, 2016

Source: New York Post

A Brooklyn federal judge is expected to decide the fate of “Asia’s Sexiest DJ”-turned-embattled mom in the next few days, he said Wednesday at a hearing over her extradition.

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A lawyer for brunette stunner Angie Vu argued she should be released on a writ of habeas corpus — and not shipped to France, where she faces child abduction charges — because she didn’t break any laws.

“Her intent was to proceed in court to exercise her parental right,” said Mia Eisner-Grynberg.

Vu, 32, has been locked up at the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn since November, when she was arrested at Kennedy Airport trying to board a flight to China with her daughter after losing a custody battle with the girl’s father.

Vu has argued that the girl’s father, Richard Froger, illegally obtained custody of their daughter — and argued in court Wednesday that she is victim of a double standard.

“They fail to apply the same law to him,” said Vu, dressed in navy blue and white scrubs. “He took my daughter to France for seven months. He did all of that without parental rights.”

But Judge Frederic Block told her: “These arguments would best be made in front of a French court,” and said he’d have a decision on her case in the next “couple of days.”

In February, Brooklyn federal Judge Viktor Pohorelsky signed off on Vu’s extradition, which has been tied up since March when she appealed.

At the Wednesday hearing, prosecutors said Vu should be placed in French custody because there was a court order for her to return the girl to dad Richard Froger.

“She knew of the court order. There is no dispute she failed to follow the court order,” prosecutor Ryan Harris said.

The Vietnamese-born Vu could face about three years in French prison, the lawyers speculated.

Vu, who’s appeared in Playboy, has amassed a huge following spinning records around the globe.

Many of her supporters and pals have filed letters to Judge Frederic Block, who is overseeing the appeals case, in a bid to get her released.

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41 barn bortført til og fra Norge i løpet av første halvår


August 15 , 2014

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I dag offentliggjorde Justis- og beredskapsdepartementet på sine hjemmesider statistikk over internasjonale barnebortføringer fra Norge.

Statistikken viser at det er registrert 26 barn som er blitt bortført fra Norge til utlandet i perioden 1. januar til 30. juni i år, mens 15 skal skal ha blitt bortført fra utlandet og til Norge.

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Dette betyr at det totale tallet på barnebortføringer i løpet av første halvår er 41, en nedgang fra i fjor da statistikken viste at 60 barn var bortført enten inn eller ut fra Norge.

Selv om tallene i år er en nedgang fra i fjor, ligger antallet fortsatt høyere enn det gjorde i 2011 og 2012 på samme tid. Statistikken om barnebortføringer oppdateres hvert halvår, i januar og august.

Fjoråret var verst

I januar i år oppga Justis- og beredskapsdepartementet og Utenriksdepartementet at det i fjor ble bortført 74 barn fra Norge til utlandet, mens 29 barn ble bortført til Norge.

Dette ga et samlet tall på 103 bortførte barn i 2013 og var nesten en fordobling sammenlignet med 2012. Statistikken viser tall tilbake til 2005, men ingen er i nærheten av fjoråret.

Definisjon

Ifølge Justis- og beredskapsdepartementets hjemmesider er en barnebortføring når et barn ulovlig tas ut av landet av en av foreldrene, i strid med foreldreansvaret til gjenværende forelder. Et barn kan også bli ulovlig tilbakeholdt etter et lovlig opphold i utlandet, for eksempel et ferieopphold eller samvær.

– I de fleste barnebortføringssaker er det en av foreldrene som bortfører barnet. Begrepet gjelder også de tilfellene der besteforeldre eller en annen slektning bortfører barnet, står det på nettsidene.

Dersom et barn blir kidnappet av fremmede, eventuelt mot løsepenger, anses det ikke som barnebortføring i denne forstand.

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– Noen barnebortføringssaker tar lang tid å løse, men de fleste sakene løser seg imidlertid forholdsvis raskt, skriver Justis- og beredskapsdepartementet på sine hjemmesider.

Bosted avgjør

Ifølge Justis- og beredskapsdepartementet er barnets bosted avgjørende for om det foreligger en ulovlig barnebortføring. I noen tilfeller kan det være vanskelig å avgjøre i hvilket land barnet har sitt faste bosted, hvis for eksempel hvis barnet har bodd i flere land.

Etter Haagkonvensjonen er det barnets faktiske bosted som er avgjørende. Det vil si at det ikke er avgjørende hvor barnet er registrert bosatt.

Det er heller ikke avgjørende om barnet er statsborger av det aktuelle landet.

Kilde: Dagbladet 

 

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MALAYSIA Minister backs IGP’s decision to ignore Seremban child abduction


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KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 — Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi defended today the police’s decision to ignore the alleged abduction of a boy by his Muslim convert father in Seremban, saying it was the Home Ministry’s “official stand” not to intervene.

“What has been mentioned by the IGP… that is the official stand by KDN,” he said at a press conference after speaking at the Putrajaya Forum 2014 here, referring to his ministry by its Malay initials.

Ahmad Zahid was asked to comment on criticisms against Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar who had last week said the police would not act on an abduction complaint against Izwan Abdullah because the latter was granted custody rights over his child by the Shariah Court.

Izwan, a Muslim convert previously known as N. Viran, had reportedly made off with his six-year-old son last Wednesday, two days after the Seremban High Court granted full custody of the boy and his nine-year-old sister to his estranged Hindu wife.

The court had awarded custody to S. Deepa, 30, as her marriage to Izwan, 31, in 2004 was a civil union and did not come under shariah law.

Despite a 2009 Cabinet prohibition of unilateral child conversions, Izwan made both his children embrace Islam last year, and later used their conversions as grounds to seek their custody in the Shariah Court.

It is understood that Izwan, a former lorry driver who currently works for an Islamic NGO called Yayasan Kasih Sayang, had converted both their children in April last year without Deepa’s consent.

Deepa, who filed for divorce and custody of the children in December last year, has been estranged from her husband since 2011.

The case is another in a series of inter-faith custody battles that highlight the complexities of Malaysia’s parallel civil and Shariah legal systems.

Legal experts have insisted that despite the conflicting decisions by the civil and shariah courts, the police’s refusal to act against Izwan’s alleged abduction of his son would only encourage more such cases in the future.

Source: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/minister-backs-igps-decision-to-ignore-seremban-child-abduction

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Parental Child Abduction – Every other day a child is abducted in any of the Nordic countries.


March 11 , 2014

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Every other day a child is abducted in any of the Nordic countries. We read about it in the newspapers,
on social media and all too often the criticism of our government agencies is hard.

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Frequently the authorities takes a position of a “guarding species”, referring to the police,  prosecutor and international agreements such as  the Hague Convention. If the country, to which the child has been abducted, has signed international agreements there is at least a chance to get the child back, but at a considerable cost.

Significant sums are spent on attorneys’ fees , travels and time. It’s not uncommon that two or three years goes by before you get a result which unfortunately, after all this time, can go in either way.

If there is no signed agreements with the country to which the child has been abducted, the probability of bringing  the child back home with the authorities’ help is nonexistent.

In these cases there are private operators who specializes in assisting the parent, who by court has been awarded custody and from whom the child has been abducted, in actively helping him/her to find a solution. It means that they for example can step in and mediate, coerce or simply locate the child and actively assist the parent in a retraction. What you must always try to achieve is to have the rightful parent physically present in such an action.

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In all cases when it needs to go to this level, preparation and groundwork is extremely important.

The risk of  an intervention to get violent is not an option, all actions must be carried out in a safe and secure manner.

We at ABP World Group is one of several companies in the industry offering such services and with more than 10 years of experience we are the first to lament that there is a market for this. What we can do is to offer an active solution to a problem that unfortunately has a potential to be lifelong.

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Court-appointed visitation supervisor charged in parental abduction case


August 29, 2013

Source: The Republic.com

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine woman appointed by a court to supervise a visit between a mother and children has been charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child after the mother and kids fled the state.

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Jennifer Dore of Benton was the court-appointed visitation supervisor for Bethmarie Retamozzo. Authorities say she allowed Retamozzo to drive away with her children on Aug. 15 from Waterville.

Police say the 37-year-old Dore didn’t disclose the information to police until over five hours after Retamozzo left. Police said she placed the children at risk.

Retamozzo is being held without bail at the Kennebec County Jail on two felony counts of criminal restraint by a parent. She and the children were found Aug. 18 in South Carolina. She is expected in court Wednesday.

 

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Swedish Mother Elena Blomgren ( Skobelina ) Wanted by Interpol for Parental Kidnapping


August 2013

Source: Interpol Sweden

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Elena Blombren ( Skobelina ) is wanted for parental child abduction of her Daughter Matilda Mary Michelle Blomgren

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Parental Abduction – FBI’s Most Wanted For Parental Kidnappings


June 21, 2013

Source: FBI

Parental kidnapping or parental abduction is defined as the concealment, taking, or retention of a child by his parent in violation of the rights of the child’s other parent or another family member. Violated rights may include, for example, custody and visitation rights. Sadly, thousands of children are abducted by a parent and removed from the United States annually. Even more children are kidnapped by a parent within the confines of U.S. borders. Parental kidnapping also happens when a child is abducted from a custodial parent abroad and transported into the United States by the non-custodial parent illegally.

More Than Just a Custody Dispute

Make no mistake – parental kidnapping is illegal. Parental kidnapping is far more than a dispute regarding custody matters between divorcing parents. Such matters are relegated to the civil courts; however, parental kidnapping is a criminal act. In fact, parental kidnapping violates the laws of all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands, plus U.S. federal laws and international laws. It is dangerous and can be deadly.

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Parentally-abducted children live a life on the run as if fugitives. It is not uncommon to see a child receive a new name, nickname, haircut, dyed hair, glasses, or otherwise altered appearance. Children may be coached not to reveal their true names, birth dates, home states and addresses, and other identifying information. They may move often to avoid detection and recovery. School performance and social relationships suffer materially (that is, if the child is permitted to attend school). Even medical treatment may suffer because of requirements for identifying information involved in the registration for care and insurance claims processing.

Traumatic for Children

Parentally-abducted children are traumatized emotionally and psychologically, especially if they are brainwashed by the abducting parent to believe that the other parent no longer loves them or has died. Abducted children are truly innocent victims of their parents’ decisions and actions. Their relationships with other family members, perhaps even siblings and grandparents, are terminated, and their sense of family, belonging, and identity is compromised, if not lost entirely in the process.

What typically starts as a custody dispute balloons into a much larger tragedy with long-term and widespread impacts. Perhaps most tragic are the higher risk factors that abducted children face for severe psychological conditions such as reactive attachment disordergeneralized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder in both the short and long terms.

Parental abduction may seem a last resort and only remaining alternative to a parent fearful of an abusive situation involving the other parent, an international move instigated by the other parent, or even an unfavorable custody dispute playing out in the courts. Ultimately, working within the family court system to resolve custody matters within the confines of the law is preferable for preserving the well-being of all involved.

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Rallies across France for four Frenchmen held hostage for 1000 days in Niger


June 16 , 2013

Source: krmagazine

The families of four Frenchmen who were taken hostage in the North African republic of Niger in 2010, are planning rallies across France next week. Today, Thursday, June 13, marks the 1000th day of their loved ones being held captive by insurgents linked to al-Qaida in North Africa

Rallies across France for four Frenchmen held hostage for 1000 days in Niger

The families of four Frenchmen who were taken hostage in the North African republic of Niger in 2010, are planning rallies across France next week. Today, Thursday, June 13, marks the 1000th day of their loved ones being held captive by insurgents linked to al-Qaida in North Africa.

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The four French hostages were variously employed by French companies Areva, Vinci and Sogea Satom when they were taken hostage on Sept. 16, 2010, in the town of Arlit, north Niger, by a group claiming to be part of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), reports 20 Minutes. Areva employee Daniel Larribe and his wife Françoise were among seven people originally kidnapped by AQIM along with five employees of Satom, a subsidiary of the Vinci construction group. Although Françoise Larribe and two of the Satom employees were released in February 2011, Daniel Larribe and three Satom workers, Pierre Legrand, Thierry Dol and Marc Ferret have remained in captivity.

Now, the families of the four remaining Niger hostages plan to hold rallies across France in the cities of Nantes, Nimes, Aix-en-Provence, Orleans and Valence, as well as the French capital, Paris, on June 22, as a reminder of the plight of the four whose whereabouts and safety remain unknown. In a statement released Wednesday, representatives of the four families said, “A thousand days in the wilderness, away from everything and everyone. A thousand days: two and a half years, almost three. A thousand days is intolerable. They need to come back now.”

Understandably, all the families are concerned at what they see as the intolerable delay in any move to have the hostages released. During almost three years of uncertainty, the families have received only bits and pieces of information about their loved ones. When asked recently about the hostages, a spokesman for Quai d’Orsay — the French Foreign Office — had declined to comment “for security reasons and out of respect for the families,” 20 Minutes reported.

A video of the four French nationals held hostage was released by AQIM in September 2012 although it was impossible to verify when the video was filmed, (see accompanying Euronews video). The video showed the hostages in apparent good health. AQIM blamed the French government for delaying negotiations which might lead to the hostages’ release.

For the French government, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius met with hostages’ families in January 2013, telling them that “their loved ones were alive and healthy,” even though they were being held in “very difficult” conditions, reports World Nuclear News. Foreign Minister Fabius said at the time, “As frustrating as it may be, the treatment of cases of kidnapping in fact requires the utmost discretion, in the interests of efficiency and in the interest of the hostages.”

The minister confirmed to hostages’ relatives that those held captive were being properly fed and had access to medical treatment. He also said letters written to the hostages by their families had been delivered to them, adding, “Like all of us, I share the anxiety and impatience of the families in these difficult times.” Fabius concluded that the French president, government and businesses were “determined to secure the release of the hostages and their return to France as quickly as possible.”

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But for the hostages’ families, another six months have slipped by since Fabius’ encouraging statement and there is concern at the apparent inaction on the part of the French government. In mid-April this year, French President Françoise Hollande had put down the lack of progress to lack of response on the part of the kidnappers saying, “We have wanted (contact) for weeks, if not months.”

Despite matters being compounded by the French intervention in Mali, there was some comfort for relatives of hostages this week. Philippe Hugon, director of research at the Institute of International and Strategic Relations (IRIS), in charge of Africa told 20 Minutes, “The various intermediate networks between the kidnappers and the negotiators are moving, they are recovering.”

Referring to the release of a French family, taken hostage in Cameroon in February and released, relatively quickly, in April, Mr. Hugon said, “The situation of the French family taken captive in Cameroon was less complex. In this [Arlit, Niger] case, the release of the hostages is more difficult because the war in Mali, where France is at the forefront, is not finished and because these hostages represent financial and strategic issues important to jihadist groups.”

Encouraging words perhaps, but as 20 Minutes reports, the families of the hostages are tiring of what they see as the “lack of explanations” from the French authorities. As René Robert, grandfather of hostage Pierre Legrand put it, “Since the French military intervention in Mali, [the hostage situation] has become a total unknown. There’s been no explanation as to why matters are taking so long. We expect deeds as well as words. We just want our guys back.”

Few in France will disagree with that sentiment.

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Barnbortföring ökar markant under sommarlovet


Mai 28, 2013

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Sommarlov är härligt för barnen men är samtidigt högsäsong gällande barnbortföring.
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Varje år, runt skolstart, får vi samtal från förtvivlade föräldrar som fått sina barn bortförda efter sommarlovet.

Ofta är det en svensk eller norsk medborgare som har barn med en person av utomnordisk härkomst, som tagit barnet/barnen till sitt hemland. Det har dock blivit allt vanligare med nordiska föräldrar som bortför barn i samband med semesterresa till utlandet enkom för att förhindra gemensam vårdnad.

Alla dessa övergrepp går in under internationell barnbortföring, och har ett straffrättsligt värde med upp till tre års fängelse.


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Många gånger vänder sig oroliga föräldrar till oss för råd om hur de skall kunna förhindra att den andra föräldern tar med sig deras gemensamma barn på resor till deras ursprungsländer. Detta är emellertid extremt svårt att förhindra då svenska domstolar oftast inte tar detta problem på allvar.
Den förälder som bortför sitt barn bli sällan straffad i sitt ursprungsland då Haagkonventionen, som reglerar barnabortföring, bara är ett regelverk för tillbakaföring, det finns ingen rättsskipande del. Så få som 3 av 10 barn som blivit bortförda kommer tillbaka.


Vad kan du göra om ditt barn blivit bortfört?
 
Om du får en indikation på att ditt barn blivit bortfört, eller hålls kvar efter semesterresa, bör du omedelbart kontakta en advokat med specialitet på internationell barnbortföring.
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Saknadebarn.org.

Anmäl omedelbart till polis och UD (KC) då tiden är av största vikt liksom att man jobbar på i snabb takt och fokuserat. Det bästa är om man omedelbart kan göra en ansökan om återförande enligt Haagkonventionen, förutsatt att personen befinner sig i ett land som undertecknat densamma.

Vem är det som bortför sitt barn?

Forskning har visat att det ofta är personer med psykiska störningar/personlighetsstörningar som bortför barn. USAs Justitiedepartement har utfört en studie som påvisat att föräldrar som bortför barn ofta är sociopater (Early Identification of Risk Factors for Parental Abduction. Sociopati är ett amerikanskt begrepp som ligger nära det vi definierar som psykopati eller “psykopatisk personlighetsstörning”. Detta är personer som har en avvikande syn på samvete och skuld och har ofta aggressiva tendenser tillsammans med avsaknad av respekt för regler och normer.
Den amerikanska studien lägger stor vikt på sociopati eller den specifika psykopatiska personlighetsstörningen, men också föräldrar med antisocial-, narcissistisk-, paranoid och/eller borderline personlighetsstörningar är högriskgrupper gällande bortföring av barn.

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