MOTHER’S VI­ENNA COURT HELL

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - CHAR­LOTTE OLIVER

BRI­TISH mother Beth Alexan­der first hit the head­lines four years ago, af­ter a Vi­en­nese court awarded sole cus­tody of her then three­year-old twin sons to her Aus­trian ex-hus­band, Dr Michael Sch­lesinger – in a case that has been la­belled “tragic” and “Kafkaesque”.

In 2013, an ap­peal to over­turn the court’s de­ci­sion was re­jected. Ms Alexan­der was granted ex­tremely lim­ited vis­i­ta­tion rights with her sons – ev­ery Tues­day for six hours and ev­ery other Sun­day. This was de­spite the court ad­mit­ting that a pre­vi­ous judg­ment deny­ing her cus­tody be­cause she suf­fered from men­tal ill­ness was wrong.

Ms Alexan­der ap­plied to take the case to Aus­tria’s Supreme Court, but was turned down.

Manch­ester-born Ms Alexan­der has re­peat­edly claimed she is fac­ing “cor­rup­tion” in­side the Aus­trian ju­di­cial sys­tem. Her case gained in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion and sup­port, with a web­site set up that charted her strug­gle to see her sons, and lead­ing fig­ures in the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, pledg­ing their sup­port. But last year, Ms Alexan­der faced a fresh set­back. An in­junc­tion is­sued by an Aus­trian court or­dered her to re­move all photos of her sons from her cam­paign web­site, as well as any pic­tures posted on so­cial media ac­counts. She was also for­bid­den from pub­li­cis­ing de­tails of the case.

Beth with sons

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