Kidnapped four-year-old Marie Eleni Grimsrud was reunited with her Cypriot mother on Tuesday. In April, Marie had been abducted in South Cyprus by her Norwegian father. It was believed she may have been taken across the border to the TRNC and then taken on to Turkey.
Eight people charged with involvement in the abduction, have appeared at court. The little girl’s father Torkel Grimsrud who is estranged from her mother, is scheduled to appear in court in Norway, after he turned himself in.
The family’s lawyer Laris Vrahimis said following the abduction on April 27, Grimsrud was “probably” able to escape through the north.
“From there he may have gone to Turkey on a boat – not something particularly difficult,” he said.
“At some point he headed to Norway, possibly through Europe. From Turkey to Greece and then through Europe to Norway. You know, it’s Schengen-area, there’s no passport control.”
Vrahimis said that it was likely that Grimsrud turned himself in because his assets had been frozen by order of a Norwegian court.
“This man had a vast support network, which he had to pay for,” the lawyer said.
“When he ran out of money he couldn’t afford the network anymore, and he was forced to turn himself in.”