Ser­ena man­ager sued for ‘hold­ing son cap­tive’

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

A lawyer has sued Tan­za­nia’s Ser­ena Ho­tels gen­eral man­ager Ra­heem Me­hdi Azid seek­ing to com­pel him to re­turn their son to her, claim­ing he is hold­ing the boy cap­tive.

She claims the man de­serted their son in a board­ing fa­cil­ity away from her. She works in Kenya, while he works in Tan­za­nia. The two are di­vorced.

The lawyer says she has been de­nied di­rect com­mu­ni­ca­tion with her son against the parental re­spon­si­bil­ity agree­ment the two signed in 2008.

“The boy is alone in the UK and hence vul­ner­a­ble to ir­repara­ble harm and should be in the hands of a re­spon­si­ble per­son with im­me­di­ate ef­fect. The child con­tin­ues to be de­nied motherly love, care and at­ten­tion as guar­an­teed un­der both Kenya and in­ter­na­tional laws, to which the coun­try is a sig­na­tory,” she says.

In court doc­u­ments, the mother says Azid, a Kenyan, ma­nip­u­lated au­thor­i­ties in Tan­za­nia, to re­lease his and the boy’s pass­port, de­spite an or­der that re­quired the doc­u­ments de­posited in court.

The woman says she ob­tained the court doc­u­ments on Au­gust 3 at the High Court in Tan­za­nia di­rect­ing him to re­lease the child, but he has dis­obeyed the or­der. But Azid sneaked the child into the UK on Au­gust 8, she says.

The child went to live with him dur­ing the Au­gust hol­i­day.

The two were al­legedly mar­ried on Fe­bru­ary 2, 2002, un­der African Chris­tian Mar­riage rites.

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