Eitan Biran’s grandfather questioned, sent to house arrest for 5 days – .

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Eitan Biran’s grandfather questioned, sent to house arrest for 5 days – .


Shmuel Peleg, the maternal grandfather of the six-year-old boy who was the sole survivor of a cable car crash in northern Italy in May, was questioned by police on Tuesday and sent home for five days of house arrest after illegally taking away Israel’s grandson, the Jerusalem Post confirmed.

Earlier today, the boy’s paternal parents, who had been given custody of the child, asked a Tel Aviv family court to request his return.

Eitan Biran was picked up from his home in Pavia, Italy on Saturday for a routine visit from his grandfather, but it later emerged that the boy had been illegally brought to Israel on a private flight.

Immediately after learning that the child was in Israel, Biran’s aunt, Aya, filed a petition in an Italian court, where an investigation was opened against Peleg for alleged kidnapping.

Peleg’s lawyers in Italy admitted he took the boy to Israel saying he ‘acted on impulse’ as he was concerned for his grandson’s health and after being barred from prosecution related to the custody of the boy.

According to a statement from the Peleg family, Peleg cooperated with the police and answered all questions. He was released at his home under restrictive conditions until Friday.

“Eitan’s arrival in Israel took place legally and after legal consultations,” Peleg said.

Lawyer Armando Simbari, who is assisting the paternal aunt in the case, said they are confident they can get the boy back.

FRIENDSHIP WITH little Eitan in Milan (credit: FACEBOOK)

“We know that there are legal instruments to bring back a child who has been taken from their home in this way,” he said. “There are international standards… signed by Israel.

Italian media reported on Tuesday that Italy’s foreign ministry had already contacted its Israeli counterpart to discuss the matter.

The accident left 14 people dead, including Eitan’s father, Amit, his mother, Tal Peleg, his one-year-old brother, Tom, and his great-grandparents, Barbara Cohen Konisky and Itshak Cohen.

The Italian authorities have entrusted the custody of Eitan to his aunt Aya, Amit’s sister and a doctor who lives with her family, including two daughters about the age of Eitan, in the suburbs of Pavia. The Biran family moved there five years ago to allow Amit to study medicine.

In recent months, however, heated arguments have erupted between Eitan’s paternal and maternal parents, the latter accusing the former of keeping the child “hostage” and of disregarding his Israeli and Jewish identity.
Meanwhile, the Peleg family hired super communications strategist Ronen Tzur, who was previously an advisor to Defense Minister Benny Gantz.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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