Norway / Cyprus: Mum leaves Cyprus for Norway to reunite with kidnapped daughter


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BREAKING
A CYPRIOT mother is heading to Norway to be reunited with her daughter who was kidnapped by her estranged father earlier this year.
The father, Torkel Grimsrud, 48, abducted his four-year-old daughter in Nicosia in April.

 

It is understood he is being questioned by police tonight.
Laris Vrachimis, the lawyer who represents the mother, told the Cyprus News Agency that the mother is now en route to Norway to take back her daughter, he said, adding that authorities say she is in good health.

The toddler, Marie-Eleni, became the focus of a national media frenzy and island-wide search after she was snatched outside her day-school.

Her abduction came after a long and acrimonious custody battle between her parents.
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Norway / Cyprus: Family of missing Marie get Oslo court backing


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The family of Marie Eleni Grimsrud – the young girl who was snatched by her estranged father and who is still missing – have succeeded in getting a court in Norway to recognise her case as an abduction.

The ruling in the Scandinavian country is seen by legal experts as a blow to the efforts of her father – 49-year-old Leif Torkel Grimsrud – to take her legally back to Norway. Legal representatives of the mother had made the motion at the Oslo District Court.

Four-year-old Marie was abducted on April 27 as her mother, 43-year-old Greek Cypriot Lena Ioannou, was dropping her off at nursery in Nicosia. Police say the father had orchestrated the abduction and an international arrest warrant is out against him.

Several people had been arrested at the time but have since been released due to lack of evidence.

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Back in July, investigators in Cyprus had said that the six-year-old girl had been sighted with her father on a boat at the Antalya marina in Turkey.

“If Marie is sighted in Norway, then the authorities there will be forced to intervene and get her returned safely to her mother in Cyprus,” said Laris Vrahimis – the lawyer representing the mother in Cyprus.

“We believe we know where Marie is, but we will not be making that knowledge public. We are doing everything we can to get her back.”

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