Kidnap father won't return to face jail

By Jessica Elgot, January 20, 2011
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The father sentenced to four months in prison for abducting his daughter and fleeing with her to Israel says he has no intention of returning to serve his sentence.

Speaking from Israel, the man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said a warrant had been issued for his arrest but that he had no plans to return to the UK. His daughter, who is 22 but lacks legal capacity to make decisions, is in a care home and has no contact with him.

Divorced in 1996, the father has been in constant litigation over his daughter's future.

In September 2009, Lord Justice Munby ruled that the daughter should move to a residential home, despite her father's insistence that she should live with him.

The following month, he fled the country with his daughter where they stayed until February 2010 when she was removed by Israeli police.

In December last year the father was sentenced to four months in prison for failing to return from Israel.

But Mr Justice Jackson at the Family Division of the High Court last month said the father was not in contempt for taking his daughter to Israel, because two orders aimed at preventing him from doing so, given by Lord Justice Munby, were not clearly defined.

The father said he would be appealing the decision and plans to sue Lord Justice Munby for acting "male fide" by freezing his assets in Britain, meaning his house and car were repossessed.

    Last updated: 2:12pm, January 20 2011