Following a 6-month-long negotiation aided by Senator John Kerry and facilitated by the U.S. Embassy, Colin Bower saw his sons for the first time since their non-custodial mother, Mirvat El Nady, allegedly abducted the boys from Massachusetts to Egypt in 2009 during a scheduled visit. El Nady used falsified passports to remove the children from the U.S. after a family court awarded custody to the boys’ father. El Nady is still wanted by the FBI on a Massachusetts state criminal warrant for two charges of kidnapping of a minor, and a federal arrest warrant for international parental kidnapping. Although Bower was permitted to spend 90 minutes with his sons, Egyptian authorities have not restored the boys to the care of their lawful custodial parent. Egypt has not ratified the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, and does not extradite its nationals on parental kidnapping charges. Bower sued EgyptAir for failing to detect El Nady and her sons’ false identification documents and prevent the abduction.
READ MORE: US father visits kidnapped sons in Egypt, bikya masr (January 17, 2012).