Father who kidnapped his children and took them to Pakistan returns them to Austria so they have a better future
|Family on a day trip (illustration)|
A father turned himself in to police after being on the run with his four children for a few years.
The children's mother of Austria, was overjoyed when she was finally reunited with her four children after they were kidnapped by their father six years ago.
The father smuggled the children out of the country using fake passports and went to his hometown in Pakistan.
The children, who are 9, 11, 13, and 14 years old, were born in Attnang-Puchheim, Austria.
When their parents divorced, the children lived with their mother and visited with their father.
In 2010, the father told his former wife that he was taking the children on a day trip. However, he never returned the children.
He later sent his former wife a fax, saying that he had taken them to Thailand, which turned out to be a lie.
An international arrest warrant was issued for the man, who is now 57 years old, but authorities never located him.
Last week, the man returned to Austria, with his four children and was immediately arrested at the Vienna airport.
The four children, one girl and three boys, were taken to a youth welfare center in Vocklabruck, where they were reunited with their mother.
The father is now in police custody. He told police that he bought fake Polish passports for his children six years ago, and he had traveled with them to Hungary, Romania, Turkey, and Iran, in order to reach Pakistan.
He found work in Pakistan as an auto mechanic. However, after six years, he decided to return with his children to Austria, so that his children should have better medical care and a better future.