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Secret Moroccan child smuggling action has repercussions. Marine commandos questioned over Hopstock/Skah case. An ongoing child tug-o-war case between Khalid Skah, Norway’s Moroccan olympic champion, and their Norwegian mother, Anne Cecilie Hopstock has come the fore, involving both the military and the Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre in an imbroglio.Battle According to VG, several sources confirm two Norwegian armed forces marine commandos – both with backgrounds in the military’s intelligence service – partook in the top secret private operation last year, initiated by Hopstock, to reunite her with her children.

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Secret Moroccan child smuggling action has repercussions

Published on Sunday, 31st January, 2010 at 21:56 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 1st February 2010 at 23:09.

Marine commandos questioned over Hopstock/Skah case.

Globus II used by Norwegian Intell Svc.
Globus II used by Norwegian Intell Svc.
Photo: US Air Force/Wikimedia Commons


An ongoing child tug-o-war case between Khalid Skah, Norway’s Moroccan olympic champion, and their Norwegian mother, Anne Cecilie Hopstock has come the fore, involving both the military and the Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre in an imbroglio.

Battle

According to VG, several sources confirm two Norwegian armed forces marine commandos – both with backgrounds in the military’s intelligence service – partook in the top secret private operation last year, initiated by Hopstock, to reunite her with her children.

Hopstock has fought a two-year battle to get her children back from Skah, who has been charged with seriously threatening behaviour and violence against both her and the children.

The children – who stayed at residence of the Norwegian ambassador whilst the two commandos travelled into Morocco – have dual nationality, and were living with their father in Morocco, until they were finally smuggled secretly out of the country on 22 July after having escaped from his flat in Rabat three days previously.

Moroccan authorities have reacted to the operation, claiming the mission was a criminal abduction of Moroccan citizens.

Skah alleges Støre was responsible, and accuses him of having used mafia-like methods. He also predicts the action will lead to a diplomatic crisis between Norway and Morocco. However, the Foreign Minister declined to answer VG’s questions on Thursday morning.

“This must have consequences for him. He’s broken international, Moroccan, and Norwegian law. It’s illegal to send in special soldiers to kidnap and smuggle children out of Morocco. No Norwegian Jonas Gahr Støre
Jonas Gahr Støre
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ambassador will ever be welcome in Morocco again,” Skah tells VG by phone.

Investigation

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs already warned both the Ministries of Defence and Justice last summer, when they received rumours that specialists with backgrounds in Norwegian service could have been involved in the Skah case.

“The Ministry investigated this further, and ensured that all of the relevant information was passed on the proper authorities,” says Deputy Director Ragnhild Imerslund at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The military has now set up an internal investigation, and the matter could have serious consequences for the two marines.

“The military will look upon the matter very seriously should it be revealed there have been violations of the strict requirements placed on staff in our special departments,” Colonel Petter Lindqvist in the Defence department’s communications unit tells the paper.

Lindqvist goes on to say that defence sector employees are not allowed to engage in work parallel to their service without special clearance.

Relieved

Meanwhile, VG alleges that Skah’s Norwegian lawyer, Brynjar Meling, is disconcerted by what happened.

“One can see how things would have been viewed if it were Moroccan soldiers who’d come to Norway and performed a similar operation.”

Whilst military leaders were not willing to comment further on Friday – saying they weren’t at liberty to provide additional statements until after they’d completed their investigations – Skah was pleased the matter has finally seen the light of day.

“I’ve maintained that the Norwegian state was involved in the kidnapping of my children all along, and this shows that I’ve consistently been speaking the truth.”




Published on Sunday, 31st January, 2010 at 21:56 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 1st February 2010 at 23:09.

This post has the following tags: jonas, gahr, stoere, khalid, skah, norway, norwegian, morocco, moroccan, anne, cecilie, hopstock, intelligence, service, marines, foreign, minister, olympic, champion.





  
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