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Norway and Cyprus worked together to reunite child with mother


In April 2017, a four-year-old girl of mixed Norwegian/Cypriot parentage was kidnapped by her Norwegian father in Cyprus. Authorities in Norway and Cyprus worked together to reunite the girl with her Cypriot mother, who had been granted legal custody.

On 9 October, the father surrendered to Norwegian police, bringing the child with him. The father was arrested, and released on bail. The mother brought her daughter back to Cyprus.

Cooperation between the two States was coordinated and supported by Eurojust, represented by the National Member for Cyprus, Katerina Loizou, and the Liaison Prosecutor for Norway, Hilde Stoltenberg. The investigation is ongoing.

After the reunion, the two Eurojust representatives made a joint statement that they were very pleased with the outcome. They emphasized the importance of strong international cooperation in fighting cross-border crime, and the positive role that Eurojust can play in enhancing this cooperation, as in this investigation.