10 years after the abduction of her son: a father does not lose hope to again one day

News 7 December, 2017
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    Thursday, 7 December 2017 14:30

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    MONTREAL – the father of A family deprived of his son since the mother of the child has been removed 10 years ago account on the time which passes and does not lose hope of seeing him again, one day in the not too distant future.

    Diego, the son of Thomas Konigsthal, was 18 months old when he flew to Mexico on December 5, 2007. There was also nothing unusual there, as the duo mother-son was in the habit of deserting the winter in quebec to the warm rays of the mexican sun, every year.

    Mr. Konigsthal, who joined them for about a month, did not the leaving that it was the last time he saw them.

    “Back in January, I returned to my apartment, to my life,” he said Thursday in an interview on the show “9 hours” of LCN. The following month, he received an email from his wife warning her that she would not return. After having discussed it at length together, the women of mexican origin has decided that the child would remain with her, but that the father would join them if he wanted to.

    “It took me three to four months to realize that it was a parental abduction,” said the father.

    He then started a legal process to repatriate his son, “but these are principles in the law… There must also be the willingness, and this is it, the great barrier that I have found”, he continued.

    He has never stopped trying to get in contact with his son, who will soon be a teenager. Their conversations took place on Skype, and on FaceTime, and WhatsApp, but his son ended up losing interest in these video sessions, and they have relied on written correspondence.

    “I’m not sure if it is he who answers, because I don’t have the means to see his face”, he lamented.

    His appeals are now exhausted, and the absence of the child is still too heavy for her heart to daddy. Philosopher, he defers to the future and believes that the time is going to play in his favor. “At the beginning, the big panic, it was trying to keep in contact with him. […] I now look to him, as a teenager, he realizes that he wants to see his father.”