Warrant in girls’ kidnapping may be illegal

Bookmark and Share

An appeals court in Norway ruled late last week that a warrant issued by police for the arrest of a man suspected of kidnapping his own two daughters outside Kongsvinger earlier this month may be illegal.

The 43-year-old man, originally from Chechnya, is wanted internationally after his six- and eight-year-old daughters were seized by masked men after getting of a school bus. The father then allegedly hindered their foster father, who was waiting to pick them up.

Newspaper Dagbladet reported that a local court in Kongsvinger decided that an international arrest warrant could be issued for the man, since he was believed to be involved in the kidnapping. The two girls had been removed from their parents’ care in Oslo by child welfare authorities, and placed with foster parents in Kongsvinger. Their mother has also been charged in the kidnapping case.

The appeals court, however, ruled that the child welfare authorities did not have legal guardianship of the girls. That means their parents still had legal custody of them and the warrant against their father was illegal.

Police responded that they continue to investigate the girls’ seizure. There’s been no trace of them since they were snatched in early June, and authorities fear they were immediately taken out of the country.

newsinenglish.no staff