Iranian authorities’ dismiss Canada’s criminal charges for abductor of Azer Children

Saren Azer’s detention on Interpol Red Notice in Iran met with radio silence from Canada

OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau’s government was asleep at the switch in response to Iran’s detention of Saren Azer on Canada’s Interpol Red Notice. Inaction by Canada has led to the dismissal of the charges in Iranian courts.

Following the June detention in Iran of Saren Azer, an international fugitive wanted for child abduction charges, senior government officials at Global Affairs blocked the RCMP’s request to speak to Interpol Iran.

With authorities in Iran left waiting for Canada’s call, they were left with no choice but to release the fugitive wanted for abducting the four Azer children.

In conversations with Alison Azer, the mother of the abducted children, Canadian government officials were not even aware of the developments in Iranian court proceedings.

The Government of Canada can and must do more to secure and safely return the Azer children to Canada. The words of this case being a priority are hollow as the evidence of inaction by the government mounts higher and higher.

Over 14,000 Canadians have signed the petition asking Prime Minister Trudeau to call Iran’s President and are waiting for leadership from Canada’s government to bring Alison’s children home safely.

Gord Johns, MP for Courtenay-Alberni and Alison’s Member of Parliament:

“I’m deeply concerned about the apparent inaction by the government of Canada with regard to the arrest of Saren Azer in Iran. Our only concern is to see the safe return of the four Canadian Azer children. Canada has not acted when they should be acting. This should be the utmost priority of the Canadian government, and they need to act immediately to secure the childrens’ return.”
Interpol Red Notice:http://www.interpol.int/notice/search/wanted/2015-58341

NP Charges dropped

Interpol Yellow Notice for the four Azer children: http://www.interpol.int/notice/search/missing/2015-57968

More details can be read in today’s National Post: