Norway/Cyprus: Norwegian court rejects appeal for custody of abducted girl (Updated)



The Norwegian Supreme Court has rejected another appeal for custody filed by Torkel Grimsrud, the Norwegian man believed to be behind the abduction of his four-year-old daughter in Nicosia last month.

The appeal was rejected last Tuesday on the grounds that the girl’s country of residence has never been Norway and he needs to file the appeal in Cyprus.

The lawyer for the mother’s family Larry Vrahimis on Thursday said the rejection of the father’s appeal, which was filed after the kidnapping on April 27, is final.

Although the abducted girl, Marie Eleni Grimsrud, was born in Norway she only stayed there for two months before moving to Cyprus with her mother, Eleni Ioannou.

According to the family lawyer, the father has now exhausted all the country’s legal options.

The little girl was kidnapped outside her kindergarten in Dasoupoli, Nicosia almost one month ago.

Since then, Grimsrud has sent two emails to his ex-wife saying the girl is with him.

On the day of the kidnapping he wrote she was with him and he would spend a week with her in Cyprus while contacting his lawyers and on May 11 that his decision was to leave for Norway.

Efforts by police to apprehend him have so far not shown results though Vrahimis said last week that police were close to locating the two. They are said to still be in the government controlled areas.

A European and international arrest warrant have been issued against Grimsrud and he has been placed on the stop-list.

A total of seven people have been arrested in connection with the abduction who have since been released, but may be re-arrested for their involvement in the case.

On Thursday a support group for Marie-Eleni’s return organised a march to mark Missing Children’s day. Participants set off at 6pm from the road safety park in Aglandjia and marched to police headquarters.

Earlier in the day President Nicos Anastasiades received a delegation of women, who submitted a petition, on the occasion of the International Missing Children`s Day.

The delegation, comprised Antigoni Papadopoulou, former MEP, MPs Stella Kyriakidou and Skevi Koukouma, former MPs Lia Georgiadou, Roulla Mavronikola and President of the International Organisation `Women Without Borders`, Sophia Georgalla. In its petition, the delegation asks the President to get personally involved in the case. Anastasiades said he fully understood and pledged that everything would be done to locate the missing child.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding a child abducted to Norway please feel free to contact us 24 / 7.  We are always available at or by calling our offices – +1 (805) CHILD-11 (+18052445311)

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