US role in Katja ‘kidnapping’ questioned

Christian Democrat MPs have asked justice minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin and foreign minister Maxime Verhagen about the role of the US in the ‘kidnapping’ of a seven-year-old girl from outside her school by her American father.

Katja Leendertz was taken from Ede, where she lived with her mother, and flown to the US via Germany. The US consul in Frankfurt provided the papers, the father told the AD this week.
The CDA wants to know if the consulate broke the Hague treaty on child abduction by providing travel documents for the child. The US signed the treaty in 1988. Katja was born in America, her Dutch father is a naturalised American and her mother Ukrainian.
Katja┬┤s parents have both been fighting for custody of the girl, the father in the US and mother in the Netherlands. The US courts have found in favour of the father, prompting him to snatch the girl from school. The Dutch courts have not yet made a ruling, Nos says.

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