Grandad defends taking boy from cable car crash to Israel


JERUSALEM (AP) — The grandfather of a 6-year-old boy who survived a cable automobile crash in Italy that killed his rapid household and is now the goal of a bitter custody battle on Friday defended his choice to spirit the kid off to Israel.

Eitan Biran’s dad and mom and youthful sibling have been amongst 14 killed in Could when a cable automobile slammed right into a mountainside in northern Italy. He’s now the main target of a custody battle between his maternal grandparents in Israel and his paternal family members in Italy.

Shmulik Peleg, his maternal grandfather, was questioned by Israeli police on kidnapping suspicions and positioned beneath home arrest amid an ongoing investigation. Biran’s paternal family members say he was taken with out their data and have filed a authorized criticism in Italy in search of his return.

In an interview with Israel’s Channel 12, the 58-year-old Peleg mentioned Biran was “completely happy, surrounded by his relations.”

“He’s within the place the place he’s purported to be, in his dwelling, in Israel,” he mentioned.

He acknowledged driving the kid from Italy into Switzerland earlier than flying him again to Israel, saying “we departed in a very authorized manner.” He insisted that his “ideas are devoted solely to the great of the kid, the great of Eitan.”

Eitan and his dad and mom have been dwelling in Italy on the time of the accident, and after his launch from a Turin hospital following weeks of remedy, Italian juvenile courtroom officers dominated the kid would stay with a paternal aunt close to Pavia, in northern Italy.

Italian day by day Corriere della Sera mentioned Peleg drove Eitan in a rented automobile to Lugano, Switzerland, the place they boarded a chartered flight to Tel Aviv. Within the interview, Peleg declined to touch upon why he didn’t take a daily flight out of Italy.

Italian authorities additionally opened an investigation this week. The boy’s paternal aunt, Aya Biran, filed a proper request with the Italian courtroom system in search of Eitan’s return to Italy. She had additionally instructed police that Peleg final Saturday had didn’t return Eitan to her dwelling as agreed.

Eitan’s family members in Israel deny abducting him and demand they’re appearing in his curiosity.

Peleg instructed Channel 12 he had given up on contesting custody within the Italian courtroom system and mentioned he anticipated the boy to know as soon as he obtained older.

“I consider that someday Eitan will develop up and say grandfather, you probably did the whole lot for me, you saved me,” he mentioned, breaking into tears. “And my daughter, who someday will meet me in heaven, can be pleased with me that I saved her son.”


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