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Estranged father returns kids to their mother

TT/David Landes · 14 Oct 2010, 07:32

Published: 14 Oct 2010 07:32 GMT+02:00

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“It feels fantastic, wonderful! I’m still in shock and need to come to grips with what has happened,” the children’s mother told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The children’s father, Osama Al Hasane, brought his two children, 5-year-old Ali and 7-year-old Amina, to a police station in the Norrmalm neighbourhood of Stockholm on Wednesday following negotiations with the police.

The children were in good health and were quickly reunited with their mother who was waiting at the police station.

“They are physically unharmed, they probably haven’t been treated badly,” police spokesperson Petra Sjölander told the TT news agency.

Al Hasane was interrogated by police, but later released. However, he remains under investigation for arbitrary conduct with a child, an offence with a maximum sentence of one year in prison.

According to Sjölander, police were in contact with Al Hasane throughout the day on Wednesday. He eventually came to the police station at 7pm.

“The children are happy and feel fine, but naturally they have many questions. Now we’re just going to spend time with each other and take it easy,” their mother told Aftonbladet.

Police won’t divulge where Al Hasane and his children have been since he escaped with them from the Junibacken museum in Stockholm on October 9th.

Al Hasane and the children’s mother have been battling over custody of the children since separating from one another in 2007. In May, their mother was awarded full custody on a temporary basis. Al Hasane was only allowed to see the children during limited, supervised visits.

Speaking with the Expressen newspaper, Al Hasane explained that there was had no malicious intent behind his actions and that the decision to take them toward the end of a supervised visit was an impulse decision.

“I’m not a monster,” he told the newspaper.

“I just want to be near my children.”

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He hoped the episode might lead to a change that would “allow my voice to be heard”. On a blog he has maintained since his wife was granted custody of the children, Al Hasane argues that he has been discriminated against because of his background in his efforts to maintain custody of his children.

According to Al Hasane, part of his ex-wife’s hesitation over letting him see his children in recent months is an unfounded fear that he would take them back to his home country, Iraq.

“I hope this shows that I’m not going to do that. I could have left with them, but I didn’t,” he said.

TT/David Landes (news@thelocal.se)

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09:02 October 14, 2010 by asian369
Name of mother?
09:16 October 14, 2010 by Texrusso
Name of Mother?
09:57 October 14, 2010 by Carnitas
Sure would like to know the Name of the Mother?
10:22 October 14, 2010 by Must
Her name is "Anna", her name is mentioned in the article "Kids missing after outing with estranged father"
10:53 October 14, 2010 by asian369
"Anna"..oooooooh. Mr Usama(father) should be heavily fined, his citizenship should be stripped off and sent back to Iraq. The mother along with her boy friend should be fully compensated economically for the discomfort they suffered during that time. Children specially daughter should be put in rehabilitation center to get trained to ABUSE of mom's new boyfriend... JUSTICE DELIVERD. Order order
12:41 October 14, 2010 by Swedesmith
I hope his visitation rights are revoked....if that wouldn't be a violation of his personal rights. Boo hoo.
13:50 October 14, 2010 by RememberAisha
" However, he remains under investigation for arbitrary conduct with a child, an offence with a maximum sentence of one year in prison. "

Such a serious crime carries with it a *maximum* of one year in prison - yet the prosecutes in the pirate bay trial are asking for a *minimum* of 1 year in prison... for just having a website where OTHERS share files.

Its sad to see how the courts and Swedish law has been bastardized by the special interests groups working for the multinational companies.
18:37 October 14, 2010 by tuerd1982
Do you people have a kid? if you don't, just shut your mouth up. You won't imagine the love or bond between father and child until you have one. So, you need to understand this kind of situation. I think mother should let him see his kids regularly, these kids are not her private property.
21:23 October 14, 2010 by Swedesmith
Tuerd (interesting spelling of the word), are you a mother? Can you imagine the anguish she must have gone through wondering if she would ever see her children again? Do you think if the father would have managed to get the children out of the country that he would have ever returned them? Do you think he is worthy of being trusted now?
00:42 October 15, 2010 by Da Goat
Tuerd1982 does have a valid point people! split ups are very messy affairs and using ones beloved children as punishment (by both parties, withholding and borrowing them when withheld) is not right for anybody!

if you have no idea then be Quiet please, I fear you are all vilifying the father on racial grounds (maybe this story would not make it other wise would not be news)

both parents should get a slap on the hand!

the father should have just got that grandpa to collect them from day care and nobody would have noticed LOL .
05:21 October 15, 2010 by Carnitas
"Anna", huh? Yet another lesson for Swedish women who think that they want to get involved with something, "exotic."
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