Finnish prosecutors drop case against 'kidnap dad'

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Finnish prosecutors will not press charges against Paavo Salonen for bringing his son from Russia in an ongoing child custody dispute with the boy's Russian mother, Rimma Salonen, her lawyer said on Friday.

Finnish prosecutors will not press charges against Paavo Salonen for bringing his son from Russia in an ongoing child custody dispute with the boy's Russian mother, Rimma Salonen, her lawyer said on Friday.

The prosecutors announced he had done no wrong and acted out of considerations of "humanity," Johan Beckman said.

In mid-January a Finnish court denied Rimma Salonen temporary custody of her 7-year-old son, Anton.

Anton has been at the center of a Russian-Finnish child custody dispute since his parents divorced and his mother took him back to Russia. In 2009, Paavo Salonen, 66, took him from Russia to Finland with the help of a Finnish diplomat.

The child's father was charged in Russia in 2009 with illegally taking Anton, who has both Finnish and Russian citizenship, to Finland.

His mother was given an 18-month suspended sentence in Finland for illegally taking Anton to Russia in 2008.

Custody rights were granted to the boy's Finnish father. The court allowed the Russian mother to see her son only twice a month in the presence of police and social workers.

 

ST. PETERSBURG, March 4 (RIA Novosti)

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