The Israeli grandparents of Eitan, the 6-year-old boy who survived when a cable car cabin fell into the void in northern Italy last May and 14 people died, they are being investigated for kidnapping, after the child’s transfer to Israel, local media reported on Tuesday
The prosecutor’s office of Parma (north) investigates Shmuel Pelegha and his ex-wife, Etty, after last Saturday the grandfather transferred the little boy without consent on a private plane to Israel, where his maternal family lives, following the complaint from his paternal aunt who took care of him after the death of his parents and his brother in the accident.
“The Peleg family is holding Eitan like the Israeli army soldiers are imprisoned in Hamas prisons” and “they refuse to say where the child is,” said the paternal uncle, who launched “a call to intervene politicians”, in a case that could have diplomatic implications.
Italian Foreign Minister Lugi di Maio said Monday that Italian authorities are “doing checks to find out what happened and then act.”
“Little Eitan”, as he is known in Italy, where he became a symbol of hope after surviving the tragedy On May 23, she has been at the center of a custody battle for months, after her maternal family had claimed her from Israel.
The prosecution opened the investigation after the maternal grandfather, who had moved to Italy after the tragedy, did not deliver the child to his home at the scheduled time after a visit allowed by the judge.
The first investigations of the Pavia Police concluded that the grandfather and the minor had boarded a private flight in which the child was able to go up because he had his passport, which allowed expatriation, and later the confirmation of the landing of the plane in Israel came through diplomatic channels, according to the same sources.
“The news shocks everyone and causes us great concern. He was ripped from the family he grew up with, from the doctors who treat him, in a traumatic way that can destabilize him, “said Armando Simbari, one of the Italian family’s lawyers.
A tragedy that mourned a country
Italy was pending for weeks the evolution of the little Eitan, who after the accident was admitted to the Intensive Care unit of the Regina Margherita hospital in Turin (north) due to injuries before being transferred to the plant and start a psychological program after the tragedy that suffered.
On June 10, he was discharged and left with his aunt, after being informed of the death of his parents.
The Italian Justice investigates twelve people and two companies for the accident suffered by the minor’s family and the rest of the occupants of the cabin that fell into the void between the Alpine mountain of Mottarone and the town of Stresa on May 23.
All of them are accused of intentional multiple homicide, disaster due to negligence and disposal of tools to avoid work accidents, after the chief of operations of the cable car admitted that disabled the braking system, to avoid closing the installation, which caused the fall.