Italy investigates “kidnapping” of the child Eitan, the only survivor of the cable car crash

Italy.- The Italian authorities opened an investigation for “kidnapping“after the child Eitan, sole survivor of cable car accident where 14 people died last May, his maternal family was taken to Israel.

Eitan Biran, 6 years old, was taken to Israel by his maternal grandfather in a private plane, after visiting the child after which he had to return him to his paternal aunt, Aya Biran-Nirko, a resident of the province. from Pavía (north), her legal guardian after the death of her parents in the fall of the cable car.

According to the Italian agency Ansa, the Pavia Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation into Eitan’s kidnapping.

On May 23 in Stresa, a Piedmont tourist center, on the shores of Lake Maggiore in Italy, a cable car accident shocked the country and the world, claiming 14 lives, including Eitan’s parents, his younger brother and two of his great-grandparents.

Everyone followed the story and recovery of Eitan, the only survivor of the tragedy, who was seriously injured and spent several weeks in a Turin hospital. After his discharge, his paternal family, resident in Italy, and the mother of Israel, they have fought the custody of the child.

A juvenile court in Turin declared his paternal aunt Eitan’s legal guardian, stating that his maternal family had the right to visit him. In addition, it ordered that the maternal family should return a passport of the child they had in their possession.

Kidnapping or homecoming?

Eitan’s maternal aunt, Gali Peleg, gave an interview this Sunday to Israeli Radio 103 where she justified why the child was taken to that country.

“We did not abduct him … we brought him home. We had to do it since we had no information about Eitan’s physical and mental health,” he said.

“We have brought him home, as his parents wanted, that is, to return home, but they had to go backwards because of the coronavirus,” he added that the parents months before the tragedy were in Israel where they spoke about his return to the native country.

Eitan’s parents, Amit Biran, 30, and Tal Peleg, 27, lived for years in Italy, where the father was studying medicine. The youngest son who also died in the cable car accident was born in Italy in 2019.

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For his part, Milo Hasbani, president of the Milan Jewish community, condemned Eitan’s “kidnapping” for violating Italian and international laws and expressed that he hopes the authorities will resolve the case in relation to the juvenile court ruling.

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