An Israeli court upheld the decision to return to Italy the 6-year-old boy, the only survivor of the Italian cable car crash, who was kidnapped to Israel by his grandfather, the Israeli Justice Ministry said. “Although the appellant has illegally taken the minor, his misdemeanors should not burden his grandson and the minor should be allowed to meet his grandfather, even in Italy,” the court said.
Eitan Biran’s maternal grandfather appealed last month against a Tel Aviv family court decision to sending the boy back to his auntwho lives in Italy.
The 6-year-old boy has lived with his aunt since his parents, younger brother and 11 others died in a cable car crash in northern Italy. In September, during the visit, the maternal grandfather, without the consent of his aunt, drove Eitan to Switzerland and hired a private jet to depart for Israel.
An Israeli court orders Eitan to return to Italy
Eitan’s aunt filed a lawsuit in the family court to have the boy return to Italy. In accordance with the Hague Convention, the court ruled that the grandfather’s actions were limited to kidnapping the boy. The grandfather appealed against the decision, but the latter upheld the decision of the family court.
“We order the minor to return to Italy within 15 days,” said the court, which had suspended the execution of the order for a week to allow the grandfather to appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court. “Although the appellant has illegally taken the minor, his misdemeanors should not burden his grandson and the minor should be allowed to meet his grandfather, even in Italy,” the court said.
Grandfather Eitan’s lawyers said that after reviewing the ruling, they would consider appealing to the Supreme Court.
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