Fugitive Wanted For International Parental Kidnapping


July 19, 2012

Source: alexandrianews.org

The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced today the addition of Faical Ben Abdallah Chebbi, to the “Washington Field Office’s Wanted Fugitives” list. Chebbi, a former resident of Prince George’s County, Md., is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Tunisia and is wanted for international parental kidnapping.

On October 26, 2011, following his divorce proceedings, Chebbi, 40, was awarded visitation rights with his two children, Zainab, 3, and Eslam, 6. On November 11, 2011, Chebbi obtained his children from their maternal grandparents’ residence in Prince George’s County, Md. The children were supposed to be returned on November 13, 2011; however, on November 11, 2011, Chebbi and the children flew from Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va., to Germany, and continued to Tunis, Tunisia. On November 12, 2011, Chebbi contacted the children’s mother who resides in Fairfax County, Va., and informed her that he and the children were in Tunisia and would not return to the U.S.

 Zainab Chebbi

Eslam Chebbi

On November 17, 2011, the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland, issued an order for Chebbi to return the children. On December 19, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued a federal warrant for Chebbi’s arrest for removing the children from the U.S. and retaining them outside the U.S. with the intent to obstruct the lawful exercise of parental rights.

Chebbi is 6’6” (198 cm) and weighs approximately 200 pounds (91 kg) with black hair, brown eyes and a medium complexion. Chebbi’s daughter, Zainab, has brown hair and brown eyes and has a mole on her right hip. Eslam, Chebbi’s son, has black hair and brown eyes. Both children speak English and are believed to be with Chebbi in Tunisia.

Chebbi speaks fluent Arabic, English and French and is likely to visit Algeria, Libya, Egypt and France. He may use an alias when crossing borders. While residing in the Washington, D.C. area, Chebbi was a limousine driver for several companies and operated his own limousine business called Airport Access. Chebbi is believed to continue to operate a self-employed business in Tunis, Tunisia, under the name Westwind Limousine.

The FBI investigates violations of the International Parental Kidnapping Crime Act (IPKCA) of 1993 which states that a criminal arrest warrant can be issued for a parent who takes a juvenile under 16 outside of the U.S. without the other custodial parent’s permission. The FBI works these cases in partnership with international authorities through the U.S. Department of State, Interpol and FBI Legal Attaché offices.

Individuals with information concerning Faical Chebbi, or his children, call 1-800-CALL-FBI or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. Additional information regarding Faical Chebbi, including his wanted poster, is available on the FBI Washington Field Office’s website at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/parent/faical-chebbi.

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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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