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Kids missing after outing with estranged father

TT/David Landes · 10 Oct 2010, 08:47

Published: 10 Oct 2010 08:47 GMT+02:00

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The two children, 5-year-old Ali and 7-year-old Amina, were visiting the Junibacken museum with their father Osama, the third such supervised visit they’ve had with him since June.

The children’s parents have been embroiled in a bitter custody battle since separating from one another in 2007.

“I just wanted my children back right now,” the children’s mother Anna, who has custody of Ali and Amina, told the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

The mother’s attorney, Ia Sweger, told the newspaper that her client’s ex-husband had been handed a suspended sentence and fined for threatening the children’s mother and her new boyfriend last year.

The children have been living with their mother since May at an unlisted address.

But on a blog he maintains to highlight his struggle for his children, Osama claims that his ex-wife Anna took his children from him with Sweger’s help and that preparations began back in the summer of 2009.

He claims as well that her daughter was abused at the hands of his ex-wife's boyfriend.

According to information on his blog, the children’s father came to Sweden from Iraq in 1997 and met his now ex-wife in Stockholm in 1999.

He took Swedish citizenship in 2003, but has kept his Iraqi passport, raising fears on the part of his ex-wife, a native of Piteå in northern Sweden, that her ex-husband might attempt to flee with the children to Iraq.

“The whole time I’ve tried to get the authorities to understand that he could the kids and that it’s not enough to have one person as a supervisor,” Anna told DN.

But Osama claims that the notion he might flee to Iraq is a fabrication and that he has been discriminated against because of his background.

“An Iraqi non-practicing Muslim man with a name that people associate with one of our times biggest terrorists doesn’t have the same chances as a Swedish, unreligious woman,” he writes.

The man’s most recent blog post, dated October 7th, is a copy of a complaint letter he sent two days earlier to the Swedish Bar Association (Sveriges Advokatsamfundet) questioning Sweger’s credibility and professional competence.

Speaking with DN, Sweger disputed the version of events presented by her client’s ex husband.

“None of it’s true,” she said.

Swedish police on Saturday issued an arrest warrant for Osama, who is suspected of arbitrary conduct with a child. Authorities in Denmark, Norway, and Finland have been alerted, as has Interpol, according to the Expressen newspaper.

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On Sunday, the children's father updated his blog and explained that his kids were safe and that he had no intention of leaving Sweden.

"I had a great time with my kids today; it's the first time in 190 days that the children have slept in my arms," he wrote.

According to the Stockholm police, Amina was last seen wearing a red Hello Kitty dress and a black jacket, black boots, a red ribbon and a gray stocking hat. Ali had on jeans and a dark blue coat, tennis shoes and blue and orange stocking hat.

Police are asking anyone with information about the case to call the police tipline at 114 14.

TT/David Landes (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:38 October 10, 2010 by jackx123
if you don't like the swedish way and respect the law, i suggest you go back to your own country - iraq, and marry a "proper" muslim woman.

15 years in the middle east i know how the mind works.
15:28 October 10, 2010 by RememberAisha
15 years??!

I was in Dubai for 3 and I could not take anymore of the Arab/muslim (lack of) brain.

Sad story, but...

Kind of serves "Anna" right though.. marrying and having kids with "Osama" thinking "oh, he's different".

Wake the F up Sweden.
16:36 October 10, 2010 by olive_tree
Jack n Remember, You did not save a chance in such sad story to show some racism!! Get a life instead.

There are thousands of kidnapped children by their parents when it come to the custody settlement (Yes, that was over a THOUSAND )

Beside you need to fall in such case so you can understand what's going on here, just ask any man (no matter what is the race) who has such investigation from the Soc , then you will get the picture. Not legal or ethical, but the system sucks.
16:59 October 10, 2010 by jackx123
every year around 35,000 children from SEA are sold to the middle east - guess who the buyers are. for sure not swedish
17:18 October 10, 2010 by olive_tree
LOL , You are a fighter Jack :) , but let your mind (if any ) control your sword.

I would love to see some solid source for your claims?

Does that justify your racism?

When I mentioned that many children are being kidnapped by one of the parents, I meant that this is not so exceptional, Remember that Australian father who came looking for his kids in Stockholm almost 8 months ago?


The father was arrested anyhow after he wrote on his blog last night, and hope this incident will not affect the kids badly for a long time.
19:45 October 10, 2010 by cowboykodp

What??? RememberAisha racist??

Not according to him and all his buddies on this website. They are just concerned citizens..... NOT.
21:32 October 10, 2010 by jbat
When I mentioned that many children are being kidnapped by one of the parents, I meant that this is not so exceptional, Remember that Australian father who came looking for his kids in Stockholm almost 8 months ago?


@Olive... whenever 1 muslim do any shittt.. then those Islam haters will try to blame the whole muslim and Islam for it.. but there are so many many other bulshittt things done by Christians and other religous, then they will either close their eyes or just blame those who commit the shitt thing as a guilty one...

But don't blame them too much.. because most of them are the victims of their own leaders corruption and stupidity... I cannot imagine how advance country like America willing to sacrifice their own armies and citizens for the sake of their arm industry and technology... look at how many jobless american they have now... in or outside their country... and their bad economy too....

Do they think later they can conquer the whole world with their current arm technology? What an arrogant thinking if they think they can do this...

Anyway, just wait for the time of US falling down by their own leaders. and its pity to see many Americans here still in their dream and fantasy to think that their own country and people are still much better than others...

Yeah go ahead hate muslims and Islam so you can forget the problem that happen in your own country! At least later there will be an excuses and you will not be so disappointed!
21:52 October 10, 2010 by cowboykodp

I am sorry, I have to disagree with you here on one point.

Americans are much more sympathetic,kind and friendly than Europeans in general.

Remember that Racism, Bigotry, Anti- Semitism and Islamophobia are entirely European exports.

The problem in the US is not that they think they are superior than others, its just that most of the population are too busy working their arse off to bother with world events. As a result they are a bit ignorant about other countries, and peoples.

Sweden is only the SECOND best country in the world.

As far as the wars, well that was sold to the American people by some crazy politicians.
23:03 October 10, 2010 by karex
I just feel sorry for the mother. I don't think that she'll ever see her children again. They're probably overseas by now in a country which will protect the father's rights. Unless she hires some mercenaries to kidnap them back, I don't think her chances are good.
00:28 October 11, 2010 by waffen
I do not suspect that this "father" is now in Sweden.

I do suspect that he has had this abduction planned for a long time, and that he has had the help of his kind in Sweden in the planning, so as to effectively by-pass Interpol to get the children to Iraq.

Many of his kind have all kinds of methods to enter Europe, and thus they are well-versed in by-passing laws and borders.

Italy knows all about them, and Italy has finally taken stringent measures against them .

Should she hire mercenaries to recover her children, as one post suggests, she should also assure that the "father" is unable to return to Sweden.
04:23 October 11, 2010 by RememberAisha
Its a strange world we live in where speaking the truth is labeled racism, but slitting throats over cartoons is fine.

Having pride in your (or your adopted) country and trying to preserve your culture is something to be ashamed about but when you complain about your taxes being used to support a Muslim who is breeding more kids (after having is first half dozen) rather than looking for a job is wrong.

You are supposed to bend over backwords to welcome certain people into your society... even though the core of their belief tells them that you are an infidel and should be murdered, your woman is nothing but a piece of meat and its not a sin to rape and pillage her as she is an infidel too.

Like I said in the beginning... a strange world.

08:31 October 11, 2010 by vaninaheuser
What they do in Brazil is to allow one parent to leave with children just with a document with autorization of the other. I think it is working to avoid kidnappings.
10:09 October 11, 2010 by Noxtion
If he is posting on a blog, can't the Swedish authorities track it? Unless he is being careful and hiding it, if so then go back to previous ones and track his movement there. Unless he has been planing this, then some should be open for tracking.
15:08 October 11, 2010 by Swedesmith
Damn shame when the parents act more like children than the children do.

I know plenty of divorced fathers without custody of their children (an unfortunate trend in today's society). It's a tough thing to make work but it can be done.
16:05 October 11, 2010 by calebian22
If it was a supervised visit as the article states, where was the court ordered supervision? Or does supervision mean something different in Sweden?
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