Iranian kidnap suspect returns for bond hearing

August 26, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

When an Iranian national was released by a Carroll court commissioner last week and went straight to New York, police said they didn't expect him to return voluntarily. But Hossein Nasri Ghajari came back to Westminster this week.

Mr. Ghajari, 52, is accused of ab ducting his two children from Westminster in March 1990 and taking them to Iran.

He was arrested in New York and returned to Carroll to face those charges, and he was released Aug. 16 on $2,500 unsecured bond.

Tuesday afternoon, police reported, he walked into the state's attorney's office in Westminster and was served with a "show cause" order by city police.

The order, signed Aug. 17 by Judge JoAnn Ellinghaus-Jones, requires Mr. Ghajari, who lists his address as the Bronx, N.Y., to show why his bond should not be revoked.

If it were, he would be held in the detention center until his trial.

The hearing for the show cause order was to have been Wednesday. Court officials said Mr. Ghajari came back to Westminster early to request a postponement until Aug. 31 so he could hire an attorney. The postponement was granted.

Police said they believe Mr. Ghajari will not appear for trial on the abduction charges and they are seeking to have the bond revoked.

Police Lt. Dean Brewer, one of two Westminster officers who drove to New York to bring Mr. Ghajari back to Westminster, said Aug. 16, "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."

Mr. Ghajari is charged with taking his two children from Westminster in 1990 after he and the children's mother, Homayou Tajalibakhsh, were divorced. The children, Simin and Siavash, were 7 and 5, respectively, at the time.

The custody of the children was granted to the mother.

Ms. Tajalibakhsh went to Iran in May 1993 after contacting a member of a group known for recovering children taken illegally from the United States. They were able to smuggle the children out of Iran.

Mr. Ghajari was arrested Aug. 15 at the JFK Airport after the FBI received information from Canadian authorities that he was on a flight to New York. Officials said the man had telephoned from Iran to tell his wife he was coming to the United States to see his children.

Police said that after Mr. Ghajari was released in Westminster, he paid a friend $170 to drive him to New York.

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