Hungary to hand Russian kidnap mother to France on 27 May

23rd May 2009, Comments 0 comments

A Russian woman accused of abducting her three-year-old daughter amid an international custody battle will be handed over to the French authorities on 27 May

BUDAPEST - A Russian woman accused of abducting her three-year-old daughter amid an international custody battle will be handed over to the French authorities on May 27, her lawyer told AFP Friday.

"Irina Belenkaya will be escorted from the prison to Budapest airport on 27 May and handed over to the French authorities," Robert Fridman said, refusing to give further details as this could "interfere with the procedure."

A Hungarian court announced on 19 May that it would extradite the Russian woman to France within 10 days.

Belenkaya, 36, was stopped at the Hungarian-Ukrainian border on 12 April, as she tried to take her daughter Elise to Russia.

The three-year-old toddler has been at the centre of a bitter custody battle between her Russian mother and her French father Jean-Michel Andre, 50, since they split in 2007.

She was abducted on 20 March by two men and a woman in the southern French city of Arles, where she lived with her father.

Andre was badly beaten during the kidnapping.

Last month, Elise was reunited with her father and taken back to France.

Belenkaya however remained in custody in Hungary. She faces charges of kidnapping and complicity to assault in France.

AFP / Expatica

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