To recover an abducted child by force should always be the last solution


February 5, 2016

Source: In-cyprus.com

Three Norwegian men – including a well-known former mercenary – are in police custody on suspicion of coming to Cyprus to abduct a toddler.

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The saga revolves around the four-year-old daughter of a Cypriot woman from Strovolos who won a custody battle in Norway back in 2012 against her former partner and the Norwegian father of her child.

Police Spokesperson Andreas Angelides had told The Cyprus Weekly that the three suspects – one of whom is notorious former mercenary Espen Lee – were taken into custody earlier this week in Nicosia after reports that they had come to the island, via the north, to kidnap the child.

Lee – who once famously claimed to have killed over a hundred people while serving as a mercenary in Africa and the Middle East – told reporters on Thursday that he had arrived in Cyprus to collect the father’s car “and take it to England”.

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He also described his arrest as “surreal” adding that he didn’t know why the Norwegian police had flagged the police in Cyprus.

“We had received information that the trio would be arriving in Cyprus to kidnap the child and we have sufficient evidence to back up those claims,” said Angelides.

Yesterday, a Nicosia magistrate remanded the trio in police custody for a further six days while they are under investigation for conspiracy to commit a crime and attempting to abduct a minor with the intention of transporting him/her out of the country without the consent of the parent.

Meanwhile, investigators in Cyprus have requested from their counterparts in Norway to question the child’s father.

Police investigators discovered maps on the suspects pinpointing the woman’s home, her parents’ home, her workplace and her daughter’s nursery.

Investigators on the island had been anticipating the arrival of the Norwegian suspects after being alerted by the police in Norway who had alerted Europol.

Meanwhile, police are on the lookout for a Cypriot man who is alleged to have led two of the suspects to the mother’s workplace, while a Turkish Cypriot is also wanted for questioning.

“The child’s mother had secured an injunction from Cyprus to have the child returned to her from the father – who is Norwegian, and from whom she had separated,” continued Angelides.

The arrests have made big news in Norway, while around a dozen journalists have arrived in Cyprus to cover the story.

Knowing the law and when to act

International Parental Child Abduction is a huge problem worldwide and the biggest losers of this selfish act are always the children.

To assist parents that do not hold sole custody is absurd and it makes the whole security industry look bad. ABP World Group never works for parents who do not have sole custody.

An Interpol warrant should be arranged for abductor. To send ex convicts and people the child doesn’t know in order to recover a child is a big no.

Doing such a thing would be too traumatic for a small child. Our personnel are ex-law enforcement and military with no criminal records and we always require that the custodial parents accompany us to take care of the child.

To recover an abducted child by force should always be the last solution.

The legal route by use of the Hague convention on international parental abduction and mediation is always the first option.

We often work closely with local authorities in order to find peaceful solutions.

* Martin Waage is Managing Director of ABP World Group and an expert in global security and child recovery.

 

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5 thoughts on “To recover an abducted child by force should always be the last solution

  1. This is a very interesting article. However I would like you to reply to the following: what would you do when a parent, in this case it was the mother, has sole custody and returns to her country – 400 Kms far from Münich, Germany – and the German parent apparently agrees with the terms on visitation; however once she is in Italy it turns out that German institutions have already issued a EAW for the mother and will later send to the Italian Family Court a false translation of the German custody ruling (the Italian Cassation Court later (too late) ruled that this translation had been falsified)?? That is to say: what does your agency do to oppose the wrongful behavior of German institutions with regard to family law on international cases? Thank you for you reply. Keep up the good work, I believe in mediation.
    Cinzia

  2. THIS IS TRUE FORCE GETS A PERSON NO WHERE THERE IS A 10 YEAR OLD BOY NAMED MICHAEL STEVENS WHO WAS ABDUCTED BY HIS FATHER IN JANUARY OF 2016 IN COVINA CA THE AUTHORITIES ARE TRYING TO LOCATE THIS CHILD BUT NO LUCK IF YOU CALL THE COVINA SHERIFFS DEPT IN COVINA CALIFORNIA USA THEY CAN GIVE YOU THE MOTHERS NAME AND SHE WILL WORK WITH YOU. CARROLL MACINTOSH

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