The Presidency, the Ombudsman, notified over case of the Romanian woman charged of kidnapping her son in Canada


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A Romanian woman has been arrested in Romania for allegedly kidnapping her own son from his Canadian father and she is on the verge of being extradited to Canada. The woman says she only wanted to save her child from an abusive father.

Ana Nedelcu asked for President Iohannis’ help in this case for she claims her detention is abusive considering that prosecutors themselves didn’t support the pre trial detention.

The case stirred the Romanians’ discontent with her relatives and many others rallying this cause. They intend to organize a solidarity march on April 20th, a day before her appeal’s being judged by the High Court of Cassation and Justice (Romania’s Supreme Court).

The Ombudsman in Bucharest also notified ex-officio in this case, starting an investigation and intending to get in touch with the Canadian authorities.

Ana Nedelcu has been placed under pre trial detention for 30 days on April 13th, awaiting to be extradited in Canada for kidnapping her own son. Police put out an international APB in the USA following the kidnapping charge. She obtained joint custody of the child in 2014 and then she ran with him from Canada to Romania. Ana Nedelcu says she got separated from the child’s father for he used to be violent and beat up the kid.

I think it’s every mother’s obligation to do her best to see her child safe, to protect him against any abuse when she sees that he is traumatized and he is suffering. I had the misfortune to live in Canada, which is calling now for my extradition, and I am treated like a criminal,” Nedelcu told TVR.

The Romanian woman recounted that she had met her son’s father, Maximo Sierra Munoz, a Dominican-born Canadian in 2009. She was happy in the first instance, but as time passed by, the man became violent and used to aggress her. The woman broke up with him before she delivered the baby but the man obtained joint custody in court.

Two years ago, the woman took her child and fled to Romania, where she hoped authorities would protect her. Yet, her former husband accused her of kidnapping, with the Canadian authorities asking for the extradition. If she is judged in Canada, she risks a ten-year jail sentence.

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