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Russian mother charged with abducting her son

Russian mother charged with abducting her son Rimma Salonen
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Rimma Salonen, a Russian mother locked in a custody dispute with her Finnish former husband, is to face a number of charges in Tampere District Court in two weeks.
      On Tuesday an application for a summons was issued against Salonen indicating that she will be charged with aggravated deprivation of freedom, child abduction, and embezzlement.
      Salonen’s lawyer Heikki Lampela is not surprised by the impending charges.
“She feels that she is not guilty of any crime. She feels that she has acted as a caring mother. What Finnish law says is another matter, but she does not feel that she has committed any crime”, Lampela says.
      Salonen has been banned from travelling outside of Finland.
Salonen took her son to Russia last year. The custody dispute between the father Paavo Salonen and Rimma Salonen became a public issue when it was revealed that earlier this year the son had been brought back to Finland in the boot of the car of a Finnish diplomat.
      Since then, the case has been the focus of much media attention in both Russia and Finland.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has also investigated the actions of Paavo Salonen: both he and the diplomat who helped him are suspected of a border violation and could also face charges.

Previously in HS International Edition:
  Something had to be done, says diplomat who brought abducted boy back to Finland (22.5.2009)
  Suspected child abductor Rimma Salonen released, banned from travel (4.8.2009)
  Russian mother in international child abduction case back in Finland (3.8.2009)
  Russian mother of abducted Anton Salonen astonished at her treatment in Finland (19.8.2009)
  NBI to investigate smuggling of Anton Salonen into Finland (16.6.2009)
  Finland replies to Russia´s diplomatic note over Anton custody dispute (29.5.2009)

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  16.9.2009 - TODAY
 Russian mother charged with abducting her son

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