Saturday, December 24, 2011

Family of 'state-napped' child beats social services

Court ruling determines government cannot end parents' rights
Posted: December 23, 2011 1:00 am Eastern
By Bob Unruh © 2011 WND

A judge has handed defeat to a social services agency that dispatched police officers to an India-bound jetliner more than two years ago to take into custody a 7-year-old boy because he was being homeschooled.

Word of the victory – that the government is not allowed to terminate the rights of the boy's parents – comes from Ruby Harrold-Claesson, president of the Nordic Human Rights Council.

Harrold-Claesson, who also has been reinstated as the representative for the parents months after she was removed on the objections of the Gotland, Sweden, social services agency, said it's a hopeful sign in the long-running custody dispute over Domenic Johansson, now 10.

"It is pretty obvious that the social workers and the social council were afraid that, with me as public counsel for [father] Christer [Johansson], the administrative court in Stockholm would have released Domenic from public care," she explained in an email forwarded to WND.

Michael Donnelly, director of international relations at Home School Legal Defense Association, says this decision offers a glimmer of light in the case. FULL STORY

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