ROME — Eitan Biran, the only real survivor of a cable car crash in Might that killed 14 individuals together with his dad and mom, has grow to be the topic of a bitter custody dispute, after his paternal kinfolk in Italy accused his maternal grandfather of flying the boy to Israel over the weekend with out their consent.
Eitan’s dad and mom, a youthful sibling and two great-grandparents visiting from Israel died on Might 23, when a cable snapped because the automobile was arriving at its vacation spot on a peak overlooking the Lago Maggiore in Piedmont. The automobile all of the sudden slid backward earlier than plunging right into a mountainside. Eitan, 6, was the sole survivor.
The household drama, which has gripped Italy and is enjoying out publicly throughout the Italian and worldwide media, is simply a part of the fallout from the catastrophe, which struck a small lakeside neighborhood that noticed its economic system devastated throughout the pandemic.
A number of individuals, together with the operator of the cable automobile and the proprietor of the corporate that managed it, are underneath investigation however haven’t been formally charged.
Aya Biran, the boy’s aunt, was granted custody of the kid by an Italian court docket in Turin in Might, whereas he was nonetheless within the hospital with crucial accidents. Although he has improved, he nonetheless wants medical care, each bodily and psychological, in accordance with Ms. Biran’s lawyer, Armando Simbari.
However the household of the boy’s paternal kinfolk took concern with the custody choice, and in August his grandfather, Schmulik Peleg, employed legal professionals to formally problem it, mentioned Paolo Sevesi, one of many legal professionals.
Additionally in August, a civil court docket dominated that the boy couldn’t depart Italy until he was with Ms. Biran, in accordance with Mr. Simbari.
Mr. Simbari mentioned he couldn’t touch upon how the boy was taken to Israel, due to the continued investigation However he accused Mr. Peleg of making the most of his visiting rights to “de facto arrange a global abduction of a minor.”
The aunt filed a criticism with the prosecutors workplace, and on Monday Mr. Peleg was positioned underneath investigation for kidnapping, Mr. Sevesi mentioned, confirming Italian media experiences.
The prosecutor didn’t reply to requests for remark, and Mr. Peleg couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
Mr. Simbari, the aunt’s lawyer, mentioned Eitan had lived in Italy since he was a 12 months previous and had each Italian and Israeli citizenship. The boy’s mom tongue was Italian, he mentioned, although he additionally spoke Hebrew.
“We’re very apprehensive as a result of this baby was torn away from a well-recognized setting, so it’s a second trauma after the one he skilled in Might,” Mr. Simbari mentioned.
Jonathan Shamir contributed reporting from Tel Aviv.