Polish Ministry Threatens Bulgaria over Asenovgrad Custody Case

Diplomacy | August 18, 2009, Tuesday // 19:23|  views

Todor Vasilev with Nikoleta and Pavel. Private Photo

The Polish Ministry of Justice has sent a message to Bulgaria ordering for them to send the second child, involved in the dramatic Asenovgrad custody battle, to Poland.

The Polish Ministry stated that mother Barbara Vasileva will await the arrival of 7-year-old Pavel who is currently living in Asenovgrad with his father Todor Vasilev.

Bulgarian Deputy Justice Minister, Daniela Masheva, stated that the Polish Ministry informed Bulgaria that they would be taken to court in Strasbourg if they do not take action on the case.

The dramatic custody battle between the Polish mother and the Bulgarian father entered the media spotlight on May 28 when the mother attempted to seize the 9-year-old Nikoleta and 7-year-old Pavel from their father.

The parents are separated, but not divorced. The children refused to leave with their father, which led to the involvement of the local police, court authorities and a representative of the social services in the town.

A fight broke out while the authorities attempted to take the children. Pavel managed to escape and his whereabouts remained unknown for a while. He is currently in Asenovgrad with his father and grand-parents.


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Tags: Pavel, Asenovgrad, Polish Ministry of Justice


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