posted on Oct, 4 2012 @ 04:04 AM
• Custody on fours sisters aged between 9 and 15, had been awarded to the Italian father
• They were brought to Australia on a holiday two years ago by their mother from Italy for a holiday two years ago – and then kept them in the
• Judge in Australia ordered that the girls must go back to Italy
An Italian father has been forced to fight a long legal battle to enforce his custody of his four daughters after their Australian mother took them on
holiday and then refused to return them even after an Australian court ordered her to do so.
For weeks the girls, who have joint Australian and Italian citizenship, had remained in hiding with their great-grandmother after a court ordered
they should be returned to their father in Italy.
The father had insisted in court battles that the children should be returned to Italy under the provisions of the Hague Convention, an international
treaty against child abduction.
Justice Colin Forrest found in the Australian Family Court last year that while he did not absolutely accept ‘the truthfulness of all of the
evidence deposed to by the father’, he was satisfied the father did not consent to the children’s relocation.
It was reported that the children were upset to be separated from their mother, while many Australians have expressed anger at the decision by the
Up to a dozen federal officers in suits were present as the four sisters were dragged to an airport lounge to await boarding on an Emirates
flight, but they were determined not to go without a fight.
‘Let me go, I want my mum, I want my mum,’ one of the younger girls – they cannot be identified because they are minors – cried as federal
officers held onto her arms.
All girls cried out to their escorts to let them return to their home in Australia and complained the officers were hurting their arms.
Despite what some Australians may feel, the court has done the correct thing in sending the children home to their father. Their interests are
paramount and the original divorce court determined that the children's interests were better served with their father, an unusual decision, which
reflects badly on the mother, in light of the huge bias divorce courts have towards awarding custody to mothers.
It should also be borne in mind that if the situation was reversed, the Australian media would paint the Italian father as a villain, with it crying
out for Italy to return the children to their mother.
The mother has caused this unfortunate situation, with the victims being the children.
I hope she is prosecuted. No doubt a father would be.
edit on 4-10-2012 by ollncasino because: (no reason given)