A mother and her two children, now aged 8 and 10, fled Norway two years ago. A care order had been settled by the County Council after a longstanding conflict with her ex-husband, and she left Norway secretly as she could not accept that putting the kids in foster homes could be a solution to their problem.
It has been known for some time that she had settled in Malaysia. However, Norway does not have any agreement on exchange of criminals with the country, and so she has been out of reach by Norwegian law.
But not completely. Norwegian authorities have withdrawn their passports, and without the option to renew visas, she and her children have technically been illegal immigrants in Malaysia for a long time.
The childrens` grandmother who visited them last year, was searched for by Norwegian police and Interpol. She was arrested and spent some time in prison in a foreign country before being escorted back to Norway, where she was given a restraining order. She is not allowed to visit them again.Bestemor pågripen i barnebortføringssak
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The childrens` father has been very active in trying to localize the children and bring them back to Norway. He wants them to be put in foster homes, so that they can be "repaired and normalized" from the mothers supposed indoctrination of a narrative that he is a bad person. After that he hopes to regain custody of the children.
This week, the mother was arrested by Malaysian police, working in cooperation with the father and a private detective. She was found toghether with her children in a neighbourhood in a holiday province of the country. Mor pågrepet i Malaysia, siktet for omsorgsunndragelse
(Mother arrested in Malaysia, charged for care evasion)https://www.nrk.no/trondelag/vg_-mor-pa ... 1.13884947Her pågripes norsk kvinne i Malaysia etter to år på flukt med barna
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She is now held in a detention camp in Langkawa, which also houses refugees and illegal immigrants from countries like Bangladesh and Myanmar. According to the private detective who was interviewed on Norwegian television TV2 (above), the environment in these camps is "ugly".118 die in Malaysia refugee camps in 2 years http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/03/3 ... commission
The father is hoping that the Norwegian authorities will become more engaged and active so that the children can be brought back to Norway as soon as possible.
According to the fathers`lawyer, the mother will be prosecuted for overstaying visas and for not having a valid passport, and she will have to meet in court.
For now, it is unclear how and when the matter will be solved.