'International kidnapper' dad trying to rescue his daughter

Michael Kliment says his Slovakian wife would return to Slovakia with their daughter Mia to visit her family for about 4 weeks every year. In 2012, she left with Kliment's South African born daughter and never returned.

He talks to Kieno Kammies on the line from the Czech republic.

"The wife decided she doesn't want to come back, doesn't like South Africa, it's too much crime" - Michael Kliment

In March 2013 he found out she had applied for sole custody of Mia in the Slovakian courts, which he defended, and won.

"The Slovakian court ruled that they had no jurisdiction over Mia with custody and guardianship, as a habitual resident in South Africa. She's born and bred in South Africa." - Michael Kliment

He successfully made 23 Hague Convention return orders, but none were upheld by the Slovakian government or police.

He won sole custody of her in SA magistrate's court after his divorce last year in 2015.

His wife then died, and when he went to fetch his daughter, only to find her maternal grandmother would not let her go.

Action is what I need. I need some kind of help. I need emergency travel documents from Home Affairs and a safe flight home.

Michael Kliment

Kliment in desperation then went and took his daughter Mia and is now on the run in the Czech Republic from authorities.

"I decided to come here, and I took my daughter from school and now we are on the run." - Michael Kliment

After he had taken Mia, her maternal grandmother was awarded temporary custody in Slovakia.

He is appealing to the South African government for help.

"At the moment Home Affairs is not come to the party." - Michael Kliment


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