A French woman wanted in her country of origin for her refusal to comply with a court ruling allowing her former partner to have access to their children has appeared before the High Court in Dublin.
The French authorities are requesting the woman’s extradition following a custodial sentence she received from a French court for not allowing her former partner to have access to their children between 2008 and 2013.
A European arrest warrant (EAW) requesting her surrender indicates that the woman and her former partner had two children together. The children in question are no longer minors and are in their late teens and early twenties.
The woman, aged in her fifties, then moved to Luxembourg in 2008. In this country, she again refused to grant her ex-spouse a right of visit even though he had obtained a right of visit to a Luxembourg court.
She then returned to France, where she again denied her former partner access to children.
In 2013, a judicial investigation was opened by a French correctional court on its persistent refusal to grant access. She was arrested and remanded in custody for 30 days.
However, French authorities claim that after her release she again refused to comply with the court order allowing access and left France before being sentenced to one year in prison for breaking the code. French criminal law.
An arrest warrant was issued at the end of 2014 and was renewed in 2016.
Following her actions, an EAW requesting her surrender so that she could serve the remaining 11 months of a custodial sentence was pronounced by a French court.
The EAW who requested her arrest said she had moved to Ireland and would have lived in Dublin for some time.
The case was brought before Judge Richard Humphreys during the High Court’s Friday recess sitting.
Detective Sergeant Tony Keane, of the Garda extradition unit, told the court he arrested the woman at the Four Courts on Friday morning by arrangement.
The detective said that when he presented the questions in the European arrest warrant to the woman and asked her if she knew what the questions in the warrant dealt with, she answered “yes”.
The judge was informed that there was no objection from the state to granting bail. The terms of her surety include that she be of good conduct, surrender her national ID card to gardaí and reside at an address in the south-east of Ireland.
The woman, who was legally represented, did not speak during the brief hearing.
The case will return to the High Court later this month.