dad finds kidnapped sons and shows up Swedish cops
correspondents in Stockholm AAP
April 07, 2009
MELBOURNE father's speedy rescue of his two kidnapped sons has embarrassed
Swedish police, who struggled with the case for six months. Armed with just a
pair of binoculars and a rental car, it took the dad only one week to find his
missing sons, aged 11 and ten, in Sweden. "It is a genuine failing
mark to the work of the police,'' columnist Lars Lindstrom wrote in the Swedish
went on leave, flew from Melbourne to Sweden and found
them in a week. How did that happen?''
The boys were
allegedly abducted in October last year by their Swedish mother. She was charged
with their kidnapping and became a wanted fugitive in Sweden. The
father had custody of the children but the mother was granted access twice a
year. After six months of waiting at home in Melbourne for a break in
the case, the dad decided to take matters into his own hands.
He flew to
Sweden, rented a car and parked outside the home of the mother's parents,
on a hunch that they were harbouring the fugitive mother and the children. After
a week of waiting, he crept out of his car under the cover of night and walked
towards the front door.
For the first
time in six months, he heard the sounds of his sons' voices coming from inside
the building. "I didn't even know the children were alive. The feeling was
incredible,'' the father told Expressen. He then went back to his car and
called the Swedish authorities, who entered the home, arrested the mother and
reunited the boys with their father.
authorities said they had done their best to find the children during the six
month investigation. "We have looked at a number of addresses,'' said Svante
Melin, Detective Superintendent of Sodermanland Police in Sweden. Swedish
police had earlier suggested a feminist group had helped the mother with the
abduction. "As far as I can see, there is no evidence that the mother was helped
by anybody,'' Det Supt Melin said.
Now the father
and sons are waiting for flights home to Australia, funded by the
Swedish Foreign Ministry. "I am grateful that they will help take us home. My
economy is driven into the ground,'' he said. The father said he would not
criticise the police over their efforts in finding the boys. The mother is in
custody and waiting for a court date to be set.
Dad, sons reunite after kidnap ordeal Herald Sun, 3 Apr 2009
Arrest made over Aussie kidnapping Courier Mail, 3 Apr 2009
Custody arrest in Sweden The Australian, 3 Apr 2009
Fathers fight back The Australian, 2 Apr 2009