Parental Child Abduction – Dads’ Tearful Appeal For Families To Come Home

June 17, 2015

Source: skynews

The fathers of children who are feared to have been taken to Syria make an emotional plea to their mothers to bring them back.

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Two fathers whose wives are feared to have taken their children to Syria to join Islamic militants have broken down as they begged their families to come home.

Sisters Khadija Dawood, Sugra Dawood and Zohra Dawood are thought to have taken the nine children – including one three-year-old – to the war-torn country after a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

Speaking to the media for the first time, the fathers appealed directly to the sisters to contact them.

Akhtar Iqbal, the husband of Sugra Dawood, said: “I miss you, and love you. I cannot live without you.

“Please please call me so I know you are safe, especially my three-year-old son Ismaeel.

“And I’m worried about my daughters and my whole family. Please call me.”

He also appeared directly to his eldest child, 15-year-old Junaid, to contact him.

“I love all of you,” he said.

“I can’t live without you. I don’t know where you are. I don’t know what to say.

“I’m shaking. I miss you. It’s been too many days. Please come back home so we can live a normal life.”

Homs, Syria, September 2012 WFP is providing food assistance to over 223,000 people this month through its implementing partner the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and a local NGO – El Bir Association for Charity. WFP is prioritizing assistance to internally displaced people in public shelters mainly mosques, churches, schools as well as families displaced from one part of the governorate to another area taking refuge with relatives and friends. Communities provide cooked meals to internally displaced people in public shelters using WFP dry rations. Photo: WFP/Abeer Etefa

Mohammed Shoaib told his wife Khadija Dawood: “We had a perfect relationship, we had a lovely family. Please contact me whenever you want. Please come back.”

He said the last time he spoke to his seven-year-old daughter Maryam Siddiqui, she said she “cried all night” for him – while his five-year-old son Muhammad Haseeb said: “I miss you so much”.

Mr Shoaib added: “I’m not angry. Everything is fine. Please come back, everything is normal.”

He wept during his statement and then sat with his face in his hands.

Zohra Dawood’s husband was not at the news conference as he is currently not living in the UK.

West Yorkshire Police have declined to confirm reports that the families were under surveillance before they travelled abroad, but it is believed the sisters have a relative already fighting in Syria.

Among the missing youngsters are Sugra Dawood’s children Junaid Ahmed Iqbal, 15, Ibrahim Iqbal, 14, Zaynab Iqbal, eight, Mariya Iqbal, five, and three-year-old Ismaeel Iqbal.

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Zohra Dawood’s missing children are Haafiyah Binte Zubair, eight, and five-year-old Nurah Binte Zubair.

The fathers are “deeply concerned” about the welfare of their children and their wives and it has been “an extremely difficult time for the family members”, said their lawyer Balaal Hussain Khan.

Following the trip to Saudi Arabia, the three sisters and nine children failed to return to the UK four days ago and worried relatives contacted the police.

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The group flew on 9 June from Medina in Saudi Arabia to Istanbul in Turkey – a commonly used route into Syria. At that point they effectively disappeared and their mobile phones were switched off.

Mr Khan said they last spoke to the children the day before they were due to get on the plane home.

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Woman gets 1 year for helping Saudi man flee US with children

March 24, 2015


A former Williamsport woman living in Stroudsburg was sentenced to one year in federal prison for helping a Saudi man flee the United States with his children, violating a court order.

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Cori Lynn Mancuso, 22, was arrested April 1 at JFK International Airport after returning to the United States from Saudi Arabia. Mancuso is not the children’s mother.

Mancuso was immediately taken into custody after the sentencing. She was charged with international parental kidnapping and conspiracy charges in April and pleaded guilty to a count of misprision of felony in October.

According to the U.S. attorney’s office, Majed Sayed, 35, of Saudi Arabia had a custody agreement in the Lycoming County Court of Common Pleas allowing him scheduled visitation. However, he picked up his children for a scheduled visitation and flew to Saudi Arabia. Mancuso lied to the FBI and others about the whereabouts of the children.

Sayed is living in Saudi Arabia with the children, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. An indictment charging him with parental kidnapping and related offenses remains open, official said.

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Judge contemplates above guideline sentence in international parental kidnapping case

March 7, 2015


WILLIAMSPORT — A federal judge says he is contemplating a sentence greater than the advisory guidelines for the woman who concealed from authorities and others knowledge that a father had illegally taken his three young sons to his native Saudi Arabia.

Elyas, Ibrahim and Muhammad Sayed

U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann, in a letter made public Friday, said his decision is based on information from a conference with the government and defence attorneys, a pre-sentence report and ancillary documents.

The letter to Assistant U.S. Attorney George J. Rocktashel and defense attorney Kyle W. Rude meets the requirement of notifying the defendant that a sentence greater than the guidelines is possible, the judge said.

Rude a week ago filed a memorandum asking Brann to place Cori Lynn Mancuso, 23, of Stroudsburg, on probation. The advisory guidelines call for a sentence of up to 6 months.

The probation officer who prepared the pre-sentence report recommended an upward departure because she believes Mancuso is guilty of international parental kidnapping with which she was charged before working out a plea agreement.

Rude claimed his client was following the orders of her then husband, Majed Sayed, under the strict constraints of Islam.

In a letter to the court Sayed supports Mancuso’s claim saying nothing she could have done would have stopped him from taking the kids.

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Mancuso, a Lycoming College honors graduate with a major in religion and a minor in anthropology, is to be sentenced March 19.

She pleaded guilty in October to misprision of a felon, a charge that states she was aware of a felony and concealed it.

Mancuso claims she played a minor role in the kidnapping and was an accessory after the fact. Sayed was already on a plane to Saudi Arabia with his children when he made false statements to authorities, the memorandum states.

“Although she had knowledge of her husband’s general plans, there was nothing she could do to stop him from violating the [Lycoming County custody] court order and taking his children to Saudi Arabia,” Rude wrote in his court filing.

Letters written in Mancuso’s support reveal a person who was led astray during her indoctrination and conversion to her Muslim faith, he said.

“Sayed taught her only part of the Muslim religion and changed her mindset from helping others to obeying and following only the orders of her husband,” he wrote.

In the past 10 months since she returned from Saudi Arabia, Mancuso has learned how her Muslim faith should be followed and sees how naïve she was in blindly following Sayed’s orders, he said.

Mancuso and Sayed, who were living in Williamsport, proclaimed to be married in a Muslim ceremony not recognized in the United States. She obtained a divorce from him and in December married a New York University student who is a native of Egypt.

She is pursuing a career in social work with an emphasis on helping and educating American women who are covering to Islam, Rude says.

Mancuso is powerless to persuade Sayed to return to the United States with his children where he would face charges that include international parental kidnapping, her lawyer says.

“She can only apologize for her actions, as she has done in a letter to the court, pray that one day the children will be reunited with their mother,” Rude wrote.

Mancuso was jailed for four days after being arrested April 1 in New York City when she got off an airplane from Saudi Arabia. She has been subjected to a curfew and electronic monitoring since then.

Sayed was in the master’s program at Shippensburg University when on Nov. 24, 2013, he fled the country with his three sons, Muhammad, Ibrahim and Elyas, instead of returning them to their mother, Jessica Socling in the Jersey Shore area.

When she pleaded guilty, Mancuso said Sayed planned the abduction weeks in advance and was upset Socling had used the American court system to win primary custody of his sons with him having limited visitation rights. She joined him in Saudi Arabia on Dec. 7, 2013.

The United States does not have an extradition treaty with the Saudis for domestic matters causing Rude to point out in his memorandum only his client will be punished.

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الوالدين اختطاف الأطفال – الأطفال خدمات استعادة
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ABP الدولي مجموعة المحدودة هي منظمة عالمية لإدارة المخاطر التشغيلية. تأسست الشركة في عام 2002 و منذ ذلك الحين استمرت في النمو ، ويرجع ذلك أساسا إلى نتائج ناجحة على العمليات، و استعادة الأطفال المختطفين من جميع أنحاء العالم .
ABP الدولي مجموعة المحدودة يوفر الخدمات بما في ذلك سبيل المثال لا الحصر : الانتعاش الأطفال ، وتقديم المشورة في حالات الاختطاف الوالدين ، والحماية الشخصية ، وإدارة المخاطر ، والتحقيقات. اكتسبت موظفينا تجربتهم من الجيش ، وإنفاذ القانون ، والاستخبارات ، والرعاية الصحية والقطاع الخاص لصناعة الأمن و يكون له ثروة هائلة من الخبرة العاملة في بعض أشد الظروف الشاقة والمناطق عدائية من العالم.

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Parental Abduction from the US – Woman to plead guilty in helping father take sons to Saudi Arabia in kidnapping case

September 25 , 2014


WILLIAMSPORT — A Lycoming College honors graduate has agreed to plead guilty to helping a father take his three sons to Saudi Arabia illegally.

Elyas Ibrahim Muhammad Sayed

A new charge of misprision of a felony was filed Wednesday in U.S. Middle District Court against Cori Lyn Mancuso, 22, of Stroudsburg. According to charging documents, he was aware of a felony and concealed it.

A plea agreement also filed states the government will not make a recommendation as to her sentence. The maximum she could receive is three years.

Charges on which she was indicted in April of conspiracy to remove a child from the United States and three counts of international kidnapping are to be dismissed if the guilty plea goes through.

Mancuso, who is free on personal recognizance, is accused of helping Majed Sayed flee the country with his sons on Nov. 24 in violation of a Lycoming County court order. Sayed was indicted on the same charges as Mancuso.

Since the United States and Saudi Arabia do not have an extradition treaty in child custody matters, Sayed will not be arrested unless he travels to a country that does. Interpol has been made aware of the arrest warrant, the FBI said.


Mancuso was arrested April 1 after getting off a plane in New York City from Saudi Arabia.

Sayed and Mancuso were married in an Islamic ceremony in Williamsport prior to him taking his sons to his native Saudi Arabia. The marriage is not considered legal in the United States or Saudi Arabia.

The boys’ mother, Jessica Socling, of the Jersey Shore area, has been trying unsuccessfully to work with the Saudi embassy to get her sons back.

Sayed, who was enrolled in a master’s degree program at Shippensburg University, had his sons for an approved visit but instead of returning them to Socling as required, he took them to Saudi Arabia on flight out of Washington’s Dulles Airport.

Mancuso, a 2013 magna cum laud graduate from Lycoming College, flew Dec. 7 to Saudi Arabia to join him, the April indictment states.

She told the FBI Sayed planned the kidnapping beginning in October because Socling had used the American court system to gain custody and his ability to see his sons was limited, the indictment alleges.

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Kidnapping: Saudi Arabia urges citizens not to travel to Lebanon

September 16, 2013

Source: The Daily Star

BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia has warned its citizens against travel to Lebanon, reported the Saudi national news agency (SPA) Thursday. “The Foreign Ministry calls on all citizens not to travel to Lebanon for their own safety due to the current situation in the region,” SPA said.

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Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri speaks during a press conference in Rabieh, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. (The Daily Star/Charbel Nakhoul, HO)


The Ministry also called on citizens living in or visiting Lebanon to contact the Saudi embassy in Beirut to provide them with the necessary assistance.

Last week, the U.S. urged its non-emergency staff and their family members to leave Lebanon, citing security concerns.

That announcement came after U.S. President Barack Obama said he would seek congressional approval for a military strike against the regime in Lebanon’s neighbor Syria. But Obama Tuesday urged Congress to put off the vote, vowing to explore a diplomatic plan from Russia to take away Syria’s chemical arms.

Lebanon has vowed to protect embassies in the country.

Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said Wednesday that Lebanon regards as important the security of foreign embassies.

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Lebanon Ali Asiri has recently said that his country has put in place a contingency plan for the evacuation of its nationals in Lebanon.

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Man gets 60 days in child abduction case

September 11, 2012

Source: napavalleyregister

A 31-year-old man, arrested this summer at San Francisco International Airport as he allegedly tried to fly to the Middle East with his two young daughters in defiance of a court order, was sentenced Tuesday to two months in Napa County jail.

On July 12, authorities said, Alwawi was detained as he allegedly tried to board a plane with his two daughters to fly to Chicago and then to Amman, Jordan, in defiance of a child abduction prevention order, according to court documents.

His wife, from whom he was separated, had obtained the court order because she had become increasingly concerned that her husband wanted to leave the country with their two girls, according to court filings.

In September, Ahmad Alwawi pleaded no contest in Napa County Superior Court to two counts of child abduction.

A no contest plea, during which defendants neither admit nor dispute a charge, has the same immediate effect as a guilty plea in sentencing hearings.

On Thursday, prosecuting attorney Holly Quate said the 60-day sentence was “fair given the circumstances.”

Alwawi, an unemployed certified public accountant, had found new employment in Saudi Arabia, according to court filings. But he wanted his wife to leave behind her two older children from another relationship, court documents said.

Alwawi was separated from his wife in July, when he allegedly took his girls’ passports  his wife had hidden in an air conditioning vent, according to the probation report.

Alwawi, according to the report, expressed remorse for his actions and stated he has “lost everything.” His plan, Alwawi told the probation officer, was to show the three $8,500 plane tickets to his wife and return them for a refund, according to the court filing.

“The defendant said he then planned on returning home to show his wife that he had the ‘opportunity’ to leave and take their children, but he did not leave because ‘that’s how much I loved’ her. The defendant said he was ‘thinking with his heart and not his head,’” the probation officers wrote.

On Tuesday, Napa County Superior Court Judge Mark Boessenecker also sentenced Alwawi to serve 140 hours of community service and remain under probation for three years. Alwawi also has to obey a family court order, which includes staying away from his wife and two daughters, the judge ruled.

A family court judge on Sept. 30 ordered that Alwawi can only see the two girls three times a week for three hours under supervision.

Alwawi, a former Napa resident who now lives in Benicia, reports to jail on Dec. 1.

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By: Robert W. Johnson The military team that killed Osama Bin Laden is an elite special forces group unofficially called Seal Team 6. Officially, the team’s name is classified and not available to the public, technically there is no team 6. A Tier-One counter-terrorism force similar to the Army’s elusive Delta group, Team 6’s mission rarely make it to paper much less the newspaper. It shows how important the publicity about Bin Laden’s killing is to the U.S. that this morning, Team 6 is front pages news. The members of Team 6 are all “black” operatives. They exist outside military protocol, engage in operations that are at the highest level of classification and often outside the boundaries of international law. To maintain plausible deniability in case they are caught, records of black operations are rarely, if ever, kept. The development of SEAL Team 6 was in direct response to the 1980 attempt to rescue the American hostages held in Iran. The mission was a terrific failure that fell apart at many points and illustrated the need for a dedicated counter-terrorist team capable of operating with the utmost secrecy. The Team was labeled 6 at the time to confuse Soviet intelligence about the number of SEAL teams in operation at the time. There were only two others. Team 6 poached the top operatives from other SEAL units and trained them even more intensely from there. Even among proven SEAL’s the attrition rate for Team 6 is reported to be nearly half. There are no names available for current Team 6 members, but the CIA does recruit heavily from their numbers for their Special Operations Group, so it makes sense that they were chosen to work with the CIA on this mission. Team 6 is normally devoted to missions with maritime authority: ship rescues, oil rigs, naval bases or land bases accessible by water. There are no waterways near Bin Laden’s compound. When a former Navy SEAL was called for a comment about this article all he could say was: “You know I’d love to help you man, but I can’t say a word about Team 6. There is no Team 6.” Click here to see photos of people celebrating Bin Laden’s death > Read more: Published by: ABP World Group International Child Recovery Services Follow our updates on Twitter and Facebook