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Danish court keeps Latvian national Misane in custody

BC, Riga, 14.02.2020.Print version
Danish regional court today decided to keep Latvian national Kristine Misane in custody. Misane is charges with abducting her own child in South Africa, informed LETA.

According to Misane's representatives, the court today was deciding whether Misane could be released because she might already have served her sentence or should she be extradited to South Africa where she will face a trial and possibly a 15-year jail term for abducting her own child and other alleged offenses.

The court was making a similar decision already last month. Initially the court decided to release Misane, but then Danish Prosecutor's Office filed a  counter claim, and the Danish court still ruled to keep Misane in custody, even though the South African authorities did not take her over within 30 days as required. 

According to Misane's representatives, the Danish prosecutor's office is currently "trying, by any means possible, to extradite Misane South Africa". With this in mind, Misane on February 8 started a hunger strike at her place of detention. Its purpose is to draw attention to the rights of European Union citizens, which prohibits extradition to third countries.

The Danish prosecutor's office announced earlier that Misane will be extradited to South Africa on February 12, but extradition was later postponed to await today's court ruling.

LETA also reported, Misane met a citizen of the South Africa in 2011 and they had a daughter four years later. However, conflicts began between the two parents, which were initially financially motivated. The man then unilaterally decided to end the relationship and began to abuse both Misane and the two minors in the family.

Fearing for the safety and lives of herself and her children, in Misane returned to Latvia in May 2018. In December 2018, Misane went on a business trip through Copenhagen to Mozambique, but was detained while crossing the border because she was wanted by Interpol. South Africa had told Interpol that Misane was wanted for kidnapping a minor. Now the woman is facing a fifteen-year prison sentence in South Africa.


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