The children’s Palestinian father returned them 6 months later, after pressure from the Palestinian authorities. To help get the children back, the mother hired Swedish and Israeli lawyers. She says she was told by the Swedish Foreign Ministry she would receive legal aid.
Now the lawyers have billed her for more than 20,000 dollars, and the Foreign Ministry says it can’t pay legal fees. Her local municipality also says it can’t help out, but has asked churches in the area to contribute.
About half the debt would be covered, if the father paid the damages he has been ordered by a court to pay his former wife. He has also been sentenced to two years in prison here.