Investigations into child’s kidnapping inconclusive so far

Police investigations into the kidnapping of a four-year old girl have so far been inconclusive as far as efforts to locate the girl, according to the latest information from the police, the lawyers and the Foreign Ministry.

The girl, kidnapped on Thursday morning as her mother was delivering her to her nursery in Nicosia, is said to be at an unknown location with her Norwegian father, who is the prime suspect for the abduction.

A European arrest warrant has already been issued for his arrest and he has been placed on the stop list.

According to the mothers lawyer Laris Vrahimis, the mother is very distraught and is cooperating fully with the police.

The lawyer said he has no further news from the police as to where the child may be, adding that apart from an initial contact, through email, from the father � her ex husband – to the mother saying the child is well, there has been no other such contact between the parents.

Vrahimis said efforts to get in touch with the Norwegian lawyer of the father have not yielded any result.

He told CNA today that he believes the father intends to take the child to Norway, explaining that Norway has no legal obligation to extradite its citizens to other countries, as it is not an EU member.

CNA has also talked to the Director of the Protocol Division at the Foreign Ministry Panikos Kyriakou, who referred to action taken with the Norwegian embassy in Athens, which covers Cyprus too, and Cyprus embassy in Sweden, which covers Norway too.

Kyriakou said the Norwegian Authorities have given the contact details of the police officer who is dealing with the case.

The Norwegian ambassdor, from Athens, confirmed that a Norwegian lawyer, acting on behalf of the father of the abducted child, has been in touch with the father who assured him that she is well, is with him and that he would not cooperate with the authorities for fear of disclosing his whereabouts.

Yesterday four men were remanded in custody for three days in connection with the abduction.

Requesting the remand during a hearing at Nicosia District Court, the Police said that on April 27 the mother of 4-year-old Marie Eleni Grimsruld received an email from the childs father which said their daughter was with him somewhere in Cyprus, was doing well and that he would spend a week with the child before getting in touch with his lawyers to obtain custody.

Checks at the crossing points dividing the island from the Turkish occupied north have indicated that neither the father, nor the child had passed to the occupied areas or left the government controlled areas of the Republic through the legal ports of entry or airports.

During questioning, the four suspects refused any involvement in the case and made several allegations with regard to their whereabouts before, during and after the abduction.

Source: Cyprus News Agency