Activists demand action in case of abducted boy

Activists in Slovakia have expressed their anger at a lack of progress in the case of four-year old Adam Azab, who was taken to Egypt by his father, Ahmed Azab. They say the case has been dragging on for two years. Anna Ghannamová and Martin Nikodým of the Fond Dobrej Nádeje [Good Hope] foundation attended an October 21 news conference by Foreign Affairs Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda to ask him to help.

Activists in Slovakia have expressed their anger at a lack of progress in the case of four-year old Adam Azab, who was taken to Egypt by his father, Ahmed Azab. They say the case has been dragging on for two years. Anna Ghannamová and Martin Nikodým of the Fond Dobrej Nádeje [Good Hope] foundation attended an October 21 news conference by Foreign Affairs Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda to ask him to help.

They are demanding that authorities in Egypt declare the boy missing, which would enable not only a local but also an international search for him to begin, one that Interpol could also join. The activists have addressed an open letter to Dzurinda, Prime Minister Iveta Radičová and the new Egyptian ambassador to Slovakia, Ihab Talaat Nasr. In it, they ask Radičová to order a boycott of expanded cooperation with Egypt until Adam is returned to his mother, Katarína Azab. The activists are also demanding the detention of all the relatives of Ahmed Azab who might have taken part in Adam's abduction.

Nasr and Dzurinda spoke about the problem after the new ambassador had presented his credentials. Dzurinda had earlier planned to meet his Egyptian counterpart Ahmed Aboul Gheit at the UN in New York, but did not succeed in doing so.

Egyptian citizen Ahmed Azab took his then-2.5-year-old son from his Slovak mother two years ago, despite rulings by both Slovak and Egyptian courts that the child should remain with her. In his previous testimony to the courts the father at first insisted that his son was with his mother; then said that he was with his friends; and most recently claimed that he did not know his son's whereabouts. Based on this final testimony, the activists say Adam should be declared missing.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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