Father reunites with sons after Swedish alleged kidnap attempt

AN Australian father was last night reunited with his sons, six months after they were allegedly kidnapped by their Swedish mother.

Staff writers

April 03, 2009 09:45am

Police said the woman had been arrested in central Sweden and was being held on suspicion of abducting her 11-year-old son and his nine-year-old brother.

The children's father said he was in a meeting with prosecutors and Sweden's chief-of-police and could not comment further.

The family can not be named for legal reasons.

An international arrest warrant was issued for the woman last year after the two boys, who had been living with their father in Victoria, failed to return from a custody visit with her.

Police spokesman Svante Melin said the woman and the children were yesterday coping well "under the circumstances''.

"As we woke them up in the middle of the night and separated a mother from her children I don't know if it was shock but there was a reaction,'' he said, adding that the woman did not resist arrest.

In January, local media reported the woman may have been receiving help from a Swedish group called The Cobra Association to avoid detection.