Man charged with taking youths is arrestedA 52-year-old...

MARYLAND/REGIONAL BRIEFS

August 18, 1994

Man charged with taking youths is arrested

A 52-year-old Iranian national, accused of abducting his two children from Westminster in March 1990 and taking them to Iran, was arrested Monday by the FBI when he arrived at JFK Airport in New York.

A court commissioner released him on unsecured bond, but police sought revocation of bond and his rearrest when he reportedly went looking for his ex-wife.

Action is expected on the request today.

On Tuesday, Hossein Nasri Ghajari waived extradition in New York and was taken to Carroll County by Westminster Police Lt. Dean Brewer and Sgt. Wayne Mann on charges of abduction.

Simin Ghajari was 7 years old and Siavash Ghajari was 5 when they were abducted in 1990, according to district court papers.

The children's mother, Homayoun Tajalibakhsh, and the defendant were divorced in February 1990, with legal custody of the children granted to the mother, documents showed.

The father was given visitation rights but ordered not to take the children out of state without the court's permission.

On March 17, 1990, Mr. Ghajari is alleged to have picked up the children for a weekend visit and to have taken them to Tehran.

Ms. Tajalibakhsh told police she called her former husband in Iran on March 18 and was told, "The children are in Tehran with him and not returning to the United States."

She filed charges of out-of-state abduction against Mr. Ghajari and the FBI filed a warrant on a charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, according to court papers.

In May 1993, Ms. Tajalibakhsh went to Iran with a member of a group known for recovering children taken illegally from the United States.

The children were found and returned to their mother, who brought them back to the Westminster area.

Officials said the FBI received information from Canadian authorities Monday that Mr. Ghajari was on a flight to JFK. He was arrested there.

After a hearing before a Carroll court commissioner Tuesday, Mr. Ghajari was released on $2,500 unsecured bond.

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