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Australian Arrested in Lebanon Over Alleged Kidnapping
OPTUS.NET ^ | 12/23/2006 | OPTUS.NET

Posted on 12/22/2006 5:44:33 PM PST by Dallas59

A New Zealander has been arrested in Lebanon, accused of leading a group which seized two girls at the centre of a custody battle.

David Bruce Pemberton, who is a former member of the special services, is accused of kidnapping five-year-old Hannah Hawach and her three-year-old sister Cedar. The girls were taken from the custody of their father, on behalf of their mother.

Pemberton and an Australian colleague were taken off a plane at Beirut's international airport and could face up to 15 years in jail. They are now in custody, but have not yet been charged.

A Foreign Affairs spokesman says Mr Pemberton has been visited by British Consular officials, who act on New Zealand's behalf in Lebanon. They will check he is being held in accordance with international law and has access to legal advice.

Two other New Zealand mercenaries have been identified in the case, but both have so far eluded capture. Foreign Affairs says it does not know if the pair, whose names have been incorrectly reported in some Australian papers, are still in Lebanon or have travelled to another country.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: australian; kidnapping; lebanon; newzealander
Probably trying to get her little girl away from some muzzie nut job she married.
1 posted on 12/22/2006 5:44:36 PM PST by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

Case Type: Missing DOB: 1-Jan-2001
Missing Date: 27-Jul-2006 Sex: Female
Age Now: 5 Height: Unknown
Missing City: CALGARY Weight: Unknown
Missing State : ALBERTA Hair Color: Lt. Brown
Missing Country: Canada Eye Color: Brown
Case Number: RCMP2006880303
Circumstances: Hannah and Cedar went missing along with their father while vacationing in Australia.
1 Associated Children

Missing from: Canada
Missing Since: 27-Jul-2006
Age Now: 3

2 posted on 12/22/2006 6:18:26 PM PST by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: Dallas59



Joe "Joseph" Hawach
February 16, 1975
6' 1"
250 lbs.


Hannah and Cedar Hawach were allegedly abducted by their father, Joseph Hawach when he failed to return to Canada with the girls following a trip to Australia. Joseph Hawach has family in Sydney, Australia; Lebanon and throughout the middle east.


3 posted on 12/22/2006 6:20:36 PM PST by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: Dallas59

Hannah and Cedar Hawach Missing from Calgary, Canada

The childrens mother is a friend of my aunts and my aunt asked me to forward their website to all of my contacts. I decided to go one step further and post the site and their story on my blog in hopes of reaching more people.

Help Bring Hannah and Cedar Home

Hannah and Cedar Hawach Missing from Calgary, Canada

Missing Children Society of Canada, August 25, 2006: Sisters Hannah, 5, and Cedar, 2 were looking forward to going to Australia for a holiday with their father Joseph Hawach on July 1 of this year. Instead both children were allegedly abducted by their father and are now believed to be in Lebanon.

Joseph Hawach, an Australian and Lebanese citizen, and the children’s mother Melissa, from Saskatchewan, met in Australia and were married there. A year later they returned to Canada to live in Calgary with their 2 children Hannah and Cedar. The relationship however, broke down, but both parents continued to see the children. Joseph told Melissa that he wanted to take the kids to Australia for a 3 week trip and signed a written agreement, promising to return them to Canada on July 21. Sometime after he took the kids on the intended holiday, Melissa became concerned because her daily conversations with the girls had stopped and she couldn’t get in touch with them.

Her concern was well founded when it was discovered by way of phone call from one of Joseph’s family members, that Joseph had left Australia with the girls. In early August, Joseph advised Melissa that she should travel to Australia where he would meet her with the girls. She immediately flew to Sydney only to be greeted by the realization that the children were not there and were most likely in Lebanon. Joseph’s family also informed Melissa that the only way the girls would be returned to Australia would be if she agreed to live in Sydney, give Joseph full custody, and dropped the charges against him.

Melissa is working with the police, the foreign embassies and consulates and the Missing Children Society of Canada to find her daughters. For Melissa and the rest of their family and friends, the nightmare of parental abduction is just beginning and we hope that someone will be able to come forward to help Melissa find her kids.

Hannah has brown eyes, light brown hair, is 3’8” and weighs 45lb. Cedar has brown eyes, blond hair, is 2’10” and weighs 35lbs. International warrants and an extradition order have been issued for the girls’ father who has been charged with two counts of child abduction.

4 posted on 12/22/2006 6:23:27 PM PST by Vn_survivor_67-68
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