The Malta Independent 23 February 2020, Sunday

Court: Father Fears daughter maybe brought up as a Muslim

Malta Independent Friday, 13 July 2007, 00:00 Last update: about 8 years ago

A man has filed a judicial protest, claiming he feared that the mother of his four-year-old daughter is settling down in Libya and intends to bring up the girl as a Muslim.

In his writ, the man claimed he had filed an application for the issue of a warrant of prohibitory injunction, but this was not respected.

His former partner, who is now married to a Libyan man and has converted to Islam, had asked him to sign passport forms in which he granted her permission to travel to Libya together with her daughter for a one-week holiday.

The man got to know that his partner intended to settle down in Libya and this meant that he would be denied his right to see his daughter. He claimed this right was stated in a decree issued by the Family Court.

The father further claimed he had also got to know that his partner’s husband wanted to indoctrinate the child according to the Islamic religion.

The applicant strongly objected against this idea and against the fact that his daughter had been taken to a country that did not ratify the International Convention on Child Abduction.

After the man filed the application for the issue of a warrant of prohibitory injunction on 28 June, his former partner’s husband phoned him, informing him that his daughter was in Libya and that he had filed the application for nothing.

The applicant is holding the police commissioner, the customs comptroller and the Attorney General responsible for damages, due to the fact that the application for the issue of a warrant of prohibitory injunction has not been respected and his rights as the father of the child are being breached. The writ was signed by Dr Malcolm Mifsud.

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