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Four abducted children found in Egypt

The Local · 8 Sep 2011, 07:51

Published: 08 Sep 2011 07:51 GMT+02:00

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The 37-year-old man, who is in Egyptian custody, used a pretext for taking the children from their mother's home in Celle, Lower Saxony, on Easter Monday and flew with them to Egypt.

He is then said to have to taken the children – two boys aged six and eight and two girls aged four and five - to an undisclosed location in Sudan, before returning to Egypt.

The motive for the abduction appear to be the father's Christian-fundamentalist views, though more details will be disclosed at a press conference on Thursday. Early reports say the children are well and want to return to Germany.

The German Foreign Ministry cooperated with Egyptian authorities on the case, which caught the attention of TV programme "Aktenzeichen XY ungelöst "XY Files Unsolved" on state broadcaster ZDF in June. There were reports that the children had been seen in Bavaria.

The family's church, in the village of Hermannsburg, had called for donations and prayers for the children. Regina Keller, wife of pastor Wilfried Keller, said Wednesday that the congregation would be "ecstatic and thrilled" by the news. She said that in the past few weeks the mood had been sad as so little had been heard of the case.

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Your comments about this article

11:11 September 8, 2011 by raandy
Taking children like this is not good for anyone especially the children

" The man, who had no custody of the children, " This does not read well.

The man did not have custody of the children.
15:48 September 8, 2011 by ajh
Seems like a bit of a stretch to try and blame an apparent custody battle on "Christian-fundamentalist views".

(Is it just me, or is it strange that it's illegal to publish the last names of minors, but it is okay to publish their pictures along with their father's full name?)
16:24 September 8, 2011 by d'Artagnan
No children under a certain age, should be allowed to travel with any of the parents without the consent of the other party.
17:06 September 8, 2011 by Englishted
4,5,6 and 8, did not hang about did he .
23:23 September 10, 2011 by EinWolf
A fundamentalist Christian takes his children to a fundamental muslim country where four blond-headed kids would be pretty noticeable ... I can't wait to hear his logic on that one. It might have worked for muslim or a Copt ... but not for a German Christian.

He could have blended in better in ... oh say ... Argentina!

Fathers get the shaft in custody cases in many places in the world ...
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