Bail continued for Iranian accused of kidnapping his children

September 01, 1994|By From Staff Reports

An Iranian national accused of abducting his two children from Westminster in 1990 and taking them to Iran will continue to await trial free on unsecured bond, a Carroll County District judge ruled yesterday.

At a hearing to give the man a chance to show why his bond shouldn't be revoked, Judge JoAnn Ellinghaus-Jones ordered Hossein Nasri Ghajari to keep away from his ex-wife and the couple's children.

Mr. Ghajari, 52, accused of abducting the children in March 1990 after a bitter divorce, was served yesterday with two felony kidnapping charges.

The new charges carry penalties of 20 years in prison, while the abduction charges carried one-year penalties, said Assistant State's Attorney Kathi Hill.

Mr. Ghajari was arrested in New York last month and returned to Carroll County to face the abduction charges. He was released Aug. 16 on $2,500 unsecured bond.

After his release, he went to New York, leading Westminster police and prosecutors to believe he had fled for good. On Aug. 23, police reported, he walked into the state's attorney's office in Westminster and was served by city police with an order to show cause why his bond should not be revoked.

The order, signed Aug. 17 by Judge Ellinghaus-Jones, is what set up yesterday's show-cause hearing.

Mr. Ghajari -- described yesterday as a struggling playwright -- is charged with taking his 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 at the time.

The mother had been granted custody of the children.

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.

Judge Jones set an Oct. 13 trial date.

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