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The Foreigner Detective defends ‘Hollywood’ child abduction. A private detective insists he has done nothing wrong after taking a nine-year-old girl away from her foster family in an operation reminiscent of a US spy film. Norwegian Child Welfare services (Barneverntjenesten allege the girl, a Polish citizen called Nikola, was the victim of neglect. They had placed her with the family in Larvik, Vestfold Municipality as an alleged emergency measure approximately one month ago.Suspense At some point between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, the “controversial” Polish private detective, Krzysztof Rutkowski, took the nine-year-old from the private home in a planned action assisted by her biological parents, Helena and Arkadiuszem Rybka. The Rybkas have lived in Norway for five years. Nikola's foster family only discovered she was missing in the morning, and nobody was harmed.

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Detective defends ‘Hollywood’ child abduction

Published on Friday, 1st July, 2011 at 14:04 under the news category, by John Price and Michael Sandelson      .
Last Updated on 1st July 2011 at 14:38.

A private detective insists he has done nothing wrong after taking a nine-year-old girl away from her foster family in an operation reminiscent of a US spy film.



Norwegian Child Welfare services (Barneverntjenesten allege the girl, a Polish citizen called Nikola, was the victim of neglect. They had placed her with the family in Larvik, Vestfold Municipality as an alleged emergency measure approximately one month ago.

Suspense

At some point between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, the “controversial” Polish private detective, Krzysztof Rutkowski, took the nine-year-old from the private home in a planned action assisted by her biological parents, Helena and Arkadiuszem Rybka. The Rybkas have lived in Norway for five years. Nikola's foster family only discovered she was missing in the morning, and nobody was harmed.

Defending his actions, he told NRK yesterday, “I am prepared to travel to Norway to be questioned by the Norwegian police at any time, or do so at the Norwegian Embassy in Warsaw,”

The operation code-named “Larvik”, which the detective alleges was “voluntary” and not a kidnapping, was carried out “to free the girl from the Norwegian executioners”, he claims.

Nikola communicated with the detective and her parents via SMS on a smuggled mobile phone set to vibrate only so as not to arouse suspicion.

VG writes several cars with false number plates containing a team of accomplices then drew up to the house, and she climbed down a rope from her bedroom window thrown up by her father.

The detective admitted he first thought of using a motorised glider to make a quick escape, but reconsidered after he feared this would alert people in the house, as well as jeapordise the child’s safety if something went wrong, NRK reports from yesterday’s press conference in Poland’s Szeczin.

There were two contingency plans in case the operation failed. He admits the first was to give Nikola a GPS transmitter hidden in a toy so she could be collected at another time, but was not specific about Plan C.

Mr Rutkowski also alleged the Polish Embassy in Norway was informed of the operation. Consulate Marek Pedzich has denied this, saying, “No embassy personnel were involved in the kidnapping in any way.”

Nikola's parents drove the girl back to Poland via Sweden afterwards, according to the detective.

Powerless

Norwegian Child Welfare services have not yet decided whether to press charges, but  Mr Rutkowski maintains his actions were legal as Nikola travelled with her parents of her own free will.

According to the Rybkas’ lawyer Simen Tvedten, police can do little, as the family are all Polish citizens now back in their own country.

Polish Consulate Marek Pedzich says they will not be pursuing the matter, as it is between child services and the police, but acknowledges, “It appears as though our nationals have broken the law. It’s sad, but is the family’s private decision.”

“I can confirm we are investigating this as a violation of Article 216 of the Penal Code, relating to illegal removal of a minor from its parents or people who have been given legal custody, in this case welfare services, ” Inspector Magnar Pedersen of Vestfold Police tells NTB.

Mr Rutkowski, who had his own series on Polish TV, was imprisoned by a Belgian court for one-and-a-half years in 2008 for making an illegal arrest in the country. Polish authorities also apprehended him for various offences, including conspiracy and money laundering.



Published on Friday, 1st July, 2011 at 14:04 under the news category, by John Price and Michael Sandelson      .
Last updated on 1st July 2011 at 14:38.

This post has the following tags: polishgirlkidnapping, krzysztofrutkowski, norwegianchildwelfareservices.





  
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