Parents of ‘state-napped’ children denied damages from European court
Told to seek relief in country that targeted them as ‘radical Christians’
By Bob Unruh
Published December 19, 2020 at 7:07pm
After four years of litigation, the European Court of Human Rights ruled a couple seeking damages from the Norwegian government for unlawfully seizing their children must seek legal relief in Norway, the country from which they fled.
The decision is a blow to Ruth and Marius Bodnariu, who argued that any further remedies in Norway were “illusory at best,” said the U.K. advocacy group Christian Concern.
“They would not risk further punishment and separation of the family by going back into the system that had so ill-treated them, especially after all of the international media attention the case had garnered,” Christian Concern said.
The family eventually was reunited and left Norway for their native Romania.
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