Tag Archives: extradition

Japan is just like India when it comes to parental child abduction

UPDATE (May 09, 2008): Japan to sign Hague Child Abduction Convention

Japan is known for having virtually no established family law and no tradition of dual custody. Once a couple gets divorced, there is no concept of visitation rights. Children are generally assigned to one parent, never to have contact with the other parent.

Without faltering, judges continuously uphold the cultural imperative that it is in the child’s best interest to stay with whomever she or he is with at that moment. The status quo is protected as police don’t intervene on family matters and judges have no authority over enforcement.  

Japan is not a signatory to the Hague convention

READ THIS HEARTBREAKING STORY THAT I AM ALL TOO FAMILIAR WITH

Advertisements

International Parental Abductor Mom Apprehended

Officers of the Costa Rican National Police and agents assigned to the FBI’s legal attache office arrested 28-year-old Nicole Elise Kater near Sabalito De Tierra Morena De Canas, in the Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica on April 22, 2008. Kater is charged with international parental abduction in connection with fleeing the United States with her daughter in violation of a court order.

(Media-Newswire.com) – Officers of the Costa Rican National Police and agents assigned to the FBI’s legal attaché office arrested 28-year-old Nicole Elise Kater near Sabalito De Tierra Morena De Canas, in the Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica on April 22, 2008.  Kater is charged with international parental abduction in connection with fleeing the United States with her daughter in violation of a court order.

In early August 2005, during the course of a custody dispute with the child’s father, Humboldt County Superior Court ordered Kater to appear for a custody hearing and prohibited her from taking her daughter outside of Humboldt County, California.  Shortly before the hearing, Kater flew to Costa Rica with her daughter.  The Court subsequently awarded custody to the girl’s father.

In December 2005, Nicole Kater was charged with international parental kidnapping and a federal warrant was issued for her arrest.

The FBI attributes the successful resolution of this three year investigation to extensive cooperation between law enforcement agencies in the United States and Costa Rica.  Kater will remain incarcerated in Costa Rica until she is extradited back to the United States in early 2009.  The child was reunited with her father, and both are expected to return to the United States this weekend.

Media inquiries may be directed to FBI Special Agent Joseph Schadler at 415 553 7450 or by email at joseph.schadler@ic.fbi.gov 

http://media-newswire.com/release_1065127.html