With a court decision, she took her three minor daughters to her house in Volos for a few days and never returned them to their father, in Rhodes, who had taken over their custody. She illegally kept the children at her home for 9 months, not caring that they did not go to school and they organized an escape from their mother’s house with their father.

A 40-year-old woman was sentenced to ten months in prison with a three-year suspension yesterday by the Three-member Criminal Court of Volos for abducting minors. Since her divorce from her husband in 2015, she has been stripped of custody of her three minor daughters as she was deemed unfit.

When by a court decision she was given the possibility to see the girls and host them in Volos for the Christmas holidays, she decided not to return them to their father. He kept them illegally from January 7, 2019 to September 2019, without sending them to school.

Yesterday in court she appeared without a lawyer and argued that her girls should not have contact with their father because they were not having a good time and were taking care of themselves. He forbade them to communicate with him and kept them “hostage”, otherwise they would not find a way to negotiate with their father and run away from home, for Rhodes.

“They returned to their father without my knowledge,” he told the court and admitted that he now communicates with them only through social networks. Today the girls are 18, 17 and 15 years old respectively.