French-Jewish Mom Battles Saudi Prince For Child Custody

This post first appeared as “Jewish Mom in Custody Battle With Saudi Prince” on The Shmooze blog at the Forward.

Candice Cohen-Ahnine is fighting for her daughter Aya

A Saudi prince is facing an international arrest warrant for not handing over custody of his 10-year-old daughter to her French-Jewish mother.

The Paris criminal court ordered Prince Sattam al-Saud, of the royal Saudi family, to give the little girl, Aya, to her mother, Candice Cohen-Ahnine. The prince, however, says he is not planning to do so. “France hasn’t got the right to take her back. She is a Saudi citizen and a princess. They cannot oblige a princess to leave this country,” he reportedly said.

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