An Egyptian man jailed for failing to reveal the whereabouts of his missing daughter has had his sentence extended for the third time.
Thirty-five year old Tamer Salama took daughter Elsa from his English ex-wife during a visit to Egypt in December 2011. Naomi Button, from Bramley in Leeds, has not seen the six year-old since. She is believed to be living with members of his family somewhere in the country.
Shortly after Elsa went missing, Salama returned to England to resume teacher training and was arrested.
His sentence for contempt of court was renewed in January this year, and again in July. Returning him to jail this week, Mr Justice Holman dubbed him “shifty, evasive and plainly dishonest” and noted that Salama “has now been detained in prison continuously since 5 January 2012”.
The judge added:
“It is quite clear that he has very bitter feelings indeed with regard both to his wife and also the English legal system. Again and again, he said that he has no communication with any member of his family other than his brother Amr, and that he simply is unable to comply.”
The judge continued:
“…it was very clear to me from those answers that there is simply a determination in this case by the father not himself to take any orders from this court and not in any way to respect and obey the orders of this court. During the course of this hearing he was repeatedly to say… that he does not accept the jurisdiction of this court.”
“I am left in no doubt at all that the father knows a great deal more of the current whereabouts and circumstances of his child than he is willing to reveal. I am also in no doubt that, if he chose to do so, he could send instructions to Egypt requiring whoever it is who is caring for the child, to now cause her return to England. He has not made the slightest attempt to do so.”
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