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Man cites Christian faith for kidnapping children

The Local · 25 Jan 2012, 09:05

Published: 25 Jan 2012 09:05 GMT+01:00

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Axel H. was arrested in September in Cairo, Egypt after having been on the run with his children – two boys and two girls aged between four and nine – since Easter.

After having lost custody of the children in divorce proceedings, Axel H. 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 spent some time in Sudan with them during their 136-day ordeal, before returning to Egypt.

According to a report in Bild newspaper, the man, who confessed before the trial began, told the court, “Because of my faith and the law, I feel I have a duty to bring up the children.”

The unemployed careworker also told the judge that he fled to Egypt because it was near to Germany and he hoped he would escape extradition there, since Egypt has no agreement with Germany for returning kidnapped children.

Questioned about his motives, he said, “I believe that what is in the Bible is God’s word,” and that his wife’s divorce and new relationship was a breach of religious law. He said that he could not allow his children to grow up in her home.

Axel H. faces a five-year prison sentence.

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Your comments about this article

11:07 January 25, 2012 by murka
"Egypt has no agreement with Germany for returning kidnapped children" - where did he look it up, on the foreign office website? He should have looked better and opted for the eastern Cyprus - no extradition whatsoever...
12:22 January 25, 2012 by zeddriver
I guess he didn't read the part of the bible that says. Vengeance is mine saith the lord.

I really wish people would stop with the bad habit of taking one sentence from a religious book that contains thousands of sentences and using it to corrupt the bigger message of said book. This applies to all religions.

By acting in this manner. This guy has proven he hasn't a clue about the religion he professes to believe in. And he of course provides fodder for the anti religious atheists and anti Christian of other faiths.
13:13 January 25, 2012 by storymann
Religious fanaticism is a scary thing, people cite their beliefs to justify criminal and outrageous behavior using their twisted interpretations of their religious written words.

In the picture this man oozes with defiance and malice towards those surrounding him.
13:14 January 25, 2012 by William Thirteen
love the world weary look on the face of his lawyer...
15:26 January 25, 2012 by finanzdoktor
@zeddriver and storymann: I agree with both of you. As a former colleague of mine once said, humans have the tendency to justify anything they do, good or bad.
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