Eitan: grandmother probed for kidnapping too

(ANSA) – ROME, SEP 14 – Etty Peleg, the maternal grandmother
of Eitan Biran, the six-year-old Israeli boy who was the sole
survivor of the Mottarone mountain cable-car disaster in
Piedmont in May, has also been put under investigation for the
boy’s abduction at the weekend, sources said Tuesday.
The boy’s maternal grandfather, Peleg’s ex-husband Shmuel Peleg,
was already being probed in the northern city of Pavia for
aggravated kidnapping.
Eitan was reportedly was driven across the border to Switzerland
and flown to Tel Aviv with a private jet after being taken out
by his maternal grandfather on Saturday.
Eitan’s parents, great grandparents and two-year-old brother
were among the 14 victims of the disaster.
Eitan, who moved to Italy with his parents in 2018, had been put
into the care of his Italian-based paternal aunt, Aya Biran,
after the disaster by the Italian authorities.
The boy’s maternal family had said last month they would mount a
legal challenge against this decision, saying the child was
being held “hostage”.
On Monday one of Aya Biran’s lawyers said that she as going to
talk to a judge about appealing to the 1980 Hague Abduction
Convention to bring he boy back to Italy.
Israel ratified the convention in 1991.
Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said on that the Italian
government was looking into the case.
The child’s family in Israel told local media that he was being
given “psychological and medical care” at a hospital on the
outskirts of Tel Aviv.
The boy’s uncle on his father’s side, Aya Biran’s husband Or
Nirko, said Tuesday that the maternal family were hiding Eitan,
comparing the case to that of Israeli soldiers being held
prisoner by Hamas.
“The Peleg family have refused to say where the child is,” Nirko
“They are hiding him in a sort of hole”.
Nirko said his brother had checked whether Eitan was at Tel
Aviv’s Sheba hospital and had not found him there.
When asked about the comments, legal sources form the maternal
family said that Eitan “is well”. (ANSA).