Frenchwoman to seek international panel's help to see children in Mexico

14th October 2013, Comments 0 comments

A Frenchwoman will ask an international panel in Washington Tuesday for help to see her children, now in Mexico even though she won custody when she divorced her Mexican husband.

"I am here to ask the Inter-American Human Rights Commission for justice, and for it to force Mexico to take steps so that I am at least allowed access to my children, which so far I have been denied," Maude Versini told AFP.

Versini was married to Arturo Montiel, a former governor of Mexico state from 1999-2005 and an uncle of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

The couple wed in 2002, divorced in France and Mexico in 2007, and have three children aged between 8 and 9. She said she won custody, and the kids were sent to see their father while on school vacations.

"Everything went well for four years, and in December 2011 they went on vacation to Mexico as usual," said Versini. "But then on January 1, their father phoned me and said the kids were never coming back to France."

Earlier court rulings sided with the father in Mexico, but the mother maintains that justice has been manipulated by her ex-husband, giving her no hope of winning on appeal there.

"I think justice in Mexico state is clearly manipulated by my ex-husband," Versini alleged.

She said that she would ask the international commission to help with her rights and those of her children.

"It has been almost two years that I have had no contact with them," Versini said, adding of her ex-husband: "He is trying to make me pay for having left him ... but he is inflicting emotional damage on the children."

Montiel was a presidential hopeful at one point but backed off amid allegations of illicit enrichment and an investigation.


© 2013 AFP

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