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International abductions - any information would be appreciated

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needahand Fri 11-Sep-09 20:44:27

I have just spoken to a lady that helps us out around the house every now and again and she just told me her husband has abducted her kids to Jordan, which must be devastating for a mum. She seems to be doing an awful lot already to get them back (solicitors, barristers etc)(brave brave woman). But I thought I would ask you all wise mums as I recall someone on here had a similar problem.

I also recall having read in the press about associations that help you get your kids back (...one way or the other IYKWIM) Anyonw know anything about them?

Any information would be really appreciated.Just in case she hasn't come accross it before.

Many thanks

HigherThanAWombat Fri 11-Sep-09 20:54:40

Bump.

PaulDacresCrackWhore Fri 11-Sep-09 20:55:21

bump

KIMItheThreadSlayer Fri 11-Sep-09 21:07:43

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Bump

tots2ten Fri 11-Sep-09 21:08:07

bump, hope she gets them back soon

needahand Fri 11-Sep-09 21:10:01

Thanks for the bumps. I am out tomorrow but will try bumping on Sunday and Monday. I am seeing her on Tuesday or Wednesday and will try to pass the info to her them. I just cannot imagine anyone can be so mean/bitter as to do that to someone they used to love and to their kids too!

pregnantpeppa Fri 11-Sep-09 21:32:38

Hi, if she already has solicitors she will probably know about this organisation, but Reunite is the charity to help left behind parents of abducted children. The International Child Abduction and Contact Unit (ICACU) and Foreign & Commonwealth Office will also help but her solicitors will be in touch with them. Jordan unfortunately is not signed up to the Hague Convention, which is an international convention that gets abducted kids back swiftly, much more difficult for non-Hague countries sadly. Has she got specialist abduction solicitors, she needs to have ones on the ICACU abduction panel, sounds like she does have but its a very specialist area of law so its important to have the right lawyers.

pregnantpeppa Fri 11-Sep-09 21:36:55

Links to save you having to google:

reunite

ICACU

FCO

pregnantpeppa Fri 11-Sep-09 21:38:44

Sorry, correct link for Reunite here

needahand Fri 11-Sep-09 21:41:40

Thanks pregnant peppa. She knows about reunite and she also has specialist solicitors and barristers (here and in jordan). Will check the other links (ICACU and FCO) as she didn't mention these

pregnantpeppa Fri 11-Sep-09 21:44:44

And here is the Reunite page on Jordan, you will see that in Muslim countries you have to take legal action there, the PDF is a summary of the law, the details of the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jordan are at the bottom, she could contact them directly too, or make sure her solicitors have contacted them for her. She will also need lawyers in Jordan - her solicitors should be looking for lawyers there for her. However, if she is receiving legal aid then the legal aid won't cover taking proceedings in the Jordanian courts and she will need to fund that privately.

pregnantpeppa Fri 11-Sep-09 21:45:22

Ah cross-post, I'm pleased she already has lawyers in Jordan, that really sounds like everything possible is being done.

needahand Fri 11-Sep-09 21:49:16

Yes she seemed very together which I thought was unbelievable given the circumstances. I just dread to think what might happen if she loses the case or can't get result in Jordan (with the Charia law and all that)

pregnantpeppa Fri 11-Sep-09 21:55:58

How old are her kids? Your poor friend.

needahand Mon 14-Sep-09 11:22:59

bump. Any one else with more ideas/info.

Peppa. I would rather not tell how many children she has or their sex etc.. as I wouldn't want to identify her.

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