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Prison for abduction of Aussie boys

David Landes · 10 Jul 2009, 15:55

Published: 10 Jul 2009 15:55 GMT+02:00

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Ann-Louise Valette was arrested in April in Västmanland in central Sweden following a months-long plight by the boys’ father, George Pésor, to track down his sons.

Valette, 44, was convicted of arbitrary conduct with a child (egenmäktighet med barn) in Nyköping District Court, the Södermanlands Nyheter newspaper reports.

The boys, Frank, 11, and Andre, 9 failed to return to Australia to meet their father as planned last October following a visit with their mother in Sweden.

Valette had lost custody of the children in 2004, giving Pésor sole guardianship of the children.

An international warrant for Valette’s arrest was issued shortly thereafter, and Pésor then embarked on a personal quest to locate the boys, making several trips to Sweden and enlisting the help of Swedish law enforcement in the process.

The boy’s father, along with authorities in Sweden, suspected that Valette had enlisted the help of a Swedish women’s rights group called Föreningen Kobra ('The Cobra Association') to help her and her sons stay underground.

All the while, Pésor feared for the safety of his sons.

“I am really worried for the children, the mother is capable of anything,” he told the Brisbane Times newspaper in January.

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Police finally arrested Valette following an extensive surveillance operation, allowing Pésor to be reunited with his sons.

In addition to sentencing Valette to prison, the court also ordered her to pay the boys and their father a total of 140,000 kronor ($17,700) in compensation.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

20:22 July 10, 2009 by Greg in Canada
It's a shame when divorced parents can't get along and then use the children as weapons against each other. I'm divorced but my ex and I have always put our two kids first and do our best to get along with each other.

The mother abducting the kids was a really stupid move after the courts had awarded custody to the father. She must have realized the law was being broken.
17:52 July 11, 2009 by Nifty
In pc Sweden it is almost unheard of for a father to get sole custody.What did this woman do?
18:28 July 11, 2009 by Kaethar
It wasn't the Swedish court who made the decision - it was the Australian one. Which is why she kidnapped the children from Australia and brought them to Sweden.
05:30 July 12, 2009 by peropaco
She deserves to get more time. She was calculated, cold and vicious. some women will go to great lenghts to prevent their ex partnes access to the kinds; just for revenge. I personally know such person who claimed her ex sexually abused their child. Luckily for the ex, the child was 10 years old and told the authorities her mum was liying
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