Father charged in abduction flees

August 19, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

A 52-year-old Iranian national, accused of abducting his two children from Westminster in March 1990 and taking them to Iran, fled Carroll County within hours after being released on $2,500 unsecured bond Tuesday afternoon, according to city police.

Hossein Nasri Ghajari was arrested Monday by the FBI when he arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. His former wife, Homauoun Tajalibakhsh, went to Iran in May 1993 with a member of a group known for recovering children taken illegally from the United States and smuggled the children out of the country.

Court documents show that the couple were divorced in February 1990 and the mother was granted custody of Simin Ghajari, 7, and Siavash, 5. The father had visitation rights but was 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 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.

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

Police Lt. Dean Brewer, who was one of two city officers who drove to New York to bring Mr. Ghajari back to Westminster on Tuesday said, "I'm disappointed that he was released; I expected he would be held. We had to extradite him from New York and he had no close ties here."

Lieutenant Brewer had applied Wednesday for a court order for the defendant to show why his bond should not be revoked. The date of that hearing was set for Aug. 24.

After police learned the man had tried to contact his wife at her place of employment in the Westminster area after his release Tuesday, they applied for an immediate revocation of his bond, so he could be held at the county detention center to await trial.

However, when they tried to serve the show cause notice on him at the apartment of a friend in the first block of E. Main St., they discovered he had paid a friend $170 to drive him to New York.

Investigators said the former wife and the children are in fear of physical abuse from Mr. Ghajari, whose address is listed in Bronx, N.Y.

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