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article imageCanadian mom offered chance to leave Lebanon - without kids

By Brandigal (Donna)     Jan 11, 2007 in Crime
A Canadian woman can leave Lebanon without facing criminal charges if she leaves her two daughters behind with their father.
Melissa Hawach is facing criminal charges in Lebanon for the abduction of her own children that were taken to Lebanon in July by their father illegally. She was granted full custody of the girls ages 6 and 3 by the Canadian courts.
When the father abducted the girls in Canada and took them to Lebanon, Melissa tried "various legal options in Canada, in the couple's former home of Australia and in Lebanon, all without success."
Just before Christmas she was helped by ex-soldiers from Australia and New Zealand and she took the girls back in a very daring rescue attempt.
Two men are in a Beirut prison facing up to three years' hard labour on charges of abducting and aiding in the abduction of minors.
Melissa and her father and the two girls are in hiding. The lawyer for the Father of the girls said ''We are ready to drop all the cases against her, and everyone involved with her, if the children are returned,''
According to Lebanese law, the father is favoured in custody disputes. But the mother was already given full custody of the girls under Canadian law where they were at the time.
The Canadian Foreign Affairs spokeman said "We have requested Canadian and local authorities in Lebanon and in Australia to assist in locating and returning two Canadian minors to their legal guardian in accordance with Canadian court orders,"
I hope nothing happens to her and the girls. I hope she is able to make it back into Canada unharmed.
The men who tried to help her and are now in jail, god bless them and I hope nothing bad happens to them. I hope the government is able to help them as well.
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