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Iran Judge Backs Father in Belgian Custody Case

An Iranian judge has cleared of any wrongdoing the father of two girls who have taken refuge in the Belgian embassy in Iran and want to return to their mother in Belgium, a newspaper reported on Monday. Belgium has issued an international warrant for the arrest of Shahab Salami on charges of kidnapping for failing to return the girls to their mother after taking them on holiday to Greece in August. Yasmine Pourhashemi, 15, and her six-year-old sister Sara went to the Belgium embassy in Tehran by taxi last Tuesday after eluding their father, who took them to Iran and stayed in the country after the holiday. But the parents’ divorce and the mother’s custody rights granted by a Belgian court are not recognized in Iran. Nor does Iran recognize dual nationality. Full Story

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