JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A six-year-old boy, the only son to survive an accident on an Italian cable car and was abducted and taken to Israel by his grandfather, will remain in the country for the next seven days, the Israeli Supreme Court said on Wednesday. , when considering a request to appeal his return to Italy.
Eitan Biran’s maternal grandfather lost on Thursday in the district court an appeal against the family court’s decision in October to send the son back to his paternal aunt in a cross-border custody battle in Italy.
The child had lived with her aunt since her parents, younger brother, and 11 other people died in a gondola crash in northern Italy in May.
While visiting Eitan in September, his mother’s grandfather, without his aunt’s consent, drove him to Switzerland and rented a private plane to Israel.
Aunt applied to the family court for her return to Italy. The court held that the grandfather’s actions were in accordance with the Hague Convention on the Return of Abducted Children.
Grandfather’s lawyers have asked Israel’s Supreme Court to hear a new appeal.
On Wednesday, November 23, the court set a time limit after which the parties would file their arguments, after which it would rule on whether an appeal could still be lodged. Until then, according to the court, all proceedings in the case must be suspended.
Aunt’s lawyers said in a statement that they had hoped Grandpa would “do the right thing and release Eitan back to his normal life.” They said they believe the Supreme Court upholds two previous convictions.
Grandfather and aunt cannot be named due to restrictions in Israeli law.
(Reported by Maayan Lubell, edited by Bernadette Baum and Angus MacSwan)