Update: November 30, 2015 – Alison now knows the location of her children. However, they are still in danger in an actively volatile region, and their father is refusing to release them.
Update: October 8, 2015 – Canadian and Kurdish authorities are aware that Saren and the children landed at the Sulaymaniyah airport in Northern Iraq on August 15, 2015. Saren has taken the children there against a Canadian court order.
- Four Mahmudi-Azer children were born in Canada: Sharvahn Delahn (August 3, 2004), Rojevahn Beritan (June 30, 2006), Dersim Baran (August 22, 2008), Meitan Serbast (June 1, 2012).
- Saren Azer is an Iranian Kurd who has lived in Canada since 1994. He is a medical doctor who has done humanitarian work in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq annually since 2007. Alison Azer supported Saren’s efforts to provide medical attention to refugees.
- In April 2014, Alison Azer was granted shared custody of the children by the provincial family court in British Columbia (Supreme Court of British Columbia). This order granted Alison Azer (née: Jeffrey) full control over her four children’s passports to protect them from being taken out of Canada without her permission.
- The B.C. Court subsequently granted a further order providing Saren Azer permission to travel to Paris and Germany with the children for a vacation in August 2015 provided he contacted Alison every 48 hours through the duration of the trip and that he return the Children home to Comox, BC on August 22, 2015.
- Saren Azer failed to return to British Columbia by August 22, 2015, an action in direct violation of the court order.
- On August 21, 2015, Alison Azer was notified by the RCMP that her four children had been abducted by their father and her ex-husband Saren Azer.
- Saren and the children were in Paris, France from August 6-11, 2015. It is understood they traveled by train to the Dusseldorf/Troisdorf region of Germany. They were seen in Cologne, Germany on August 13, 2015.
- Saren and the children flew into the Sulaymaniyah airport in Northern Iraq on August 15, 2015. For over three months, this was the last confirmed sighting.
- As of November 30, 2015, Alison is aware of the location of her children. However, they are still in danger in an actively volatile region, and Saren is refusing to release them.
- B.C. Courts have granted Alison Azer interim sole custody of the children and control of their passports.
- On August 24th, 2015, Comox Valley RCMP obtained a Canada Wide Warrant of Arrest for Salahaddin Mahmudi-Azer (Saren), in relation to charges of ‘Abduction in Contravention of a Custody Order’, contrary to Section 282 of the Criminal Code of Canada. Click here to view the RCMP press release.
- RCMP has publicly issued a Red Notice (highest level) on Interpol for Saren’s arrest. Click here to view the INTERPOL Alert.
Have you seen this man? A Canada Wide Warrant of Arrest and INTERPOL Red Notice has been issued for the children’s father, Salahaddin Mahmudi-Azer (aka Saren Azer).
Full name: Salahaddin Mahmudi-Azer
Alias: Saren Azer
Age: 49 years old
Height: 1.79 m
Weight: 67 kg
Languages spoken: English, Persian (farsi), Kurdish, Turkish