A former Olympic champion from Morocco who was married to a Norwegian was arrested in Paris on Wednesday, for allegedly making threats against his now ex-Norwegian wife and former Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.
Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that Khalid Skah also has been charged with violence against his family, and he allegedly has offered a reward to anyone who can seize his children in Norway and return them to him in Morocco.
The children were the subject of a dramatic seizure involving Norwegian special forces when they were spirited out of Morocco four years ago after Skah had kept them there against their Norwegian mother’s will. The incident caused a diplomatic crisis between Norway and Morocco and Skah, who has enjoyed popularity and support in Morocco, vowed “war” against Støre, who was foreign minister at the time. Støre was among those blamed for the children’s seizure, even though their mother and Norwegian officials insisted it was a private action that stemmed from a bitter custody dispute.
TV2 reported that Skah had been taking part in an athletic event in Chartres this week and was arrested at Orly Airport outside Paris. French news bureau AFP reported that his arrest was tied to an extradition request from police in Norway.