Restitution for Criminal Acts – An International Family Abduction

In the Family Abduction Community, getting the abducting individual(s) to pay restitution for the crime is very common. At the moment Sean Goldman’s mother died, that would have been the exact moment that Silvana Bianchi and Step Father Joao Paulo Lins e Silva should have called up their attorney, Sergio Tostes and asked if there was possible financial exposure for attempting to keep Sean Goldman in Brazil. At that time, the advice Sergio Tostes should have provided his clients and a fact that Joao Paulo Lins e Silva should have been aware of is that there was possible financial exposure for any litigation fees paid for by father David Goldman and that keeping Sean Goldman hostage could be considered a kidnapping or an International Family Abduction. There is also an argument that the date of the kidnapping was the date Sean was initially taken to Brazil.

There are media reports that David Goldman is seeking 500,000 U.S. dollars in legal fees. That would make sense since most victims are entitled to restitution for the crimes committed against them. If Joao Paulo Lins e Silva and Silvana Bianchi would not have held Sean Goldman hostage, David would not have incurred these fees.

At any time since Sean Goldman was kidnapped from the United States, either Joao Paulo Lins e Silva or Silvana Bianchi could have returned Sean to the United States. That would have been the right thing to do. For them to now claims that they shouldn’t pay restitution to the victim of this crime clearly shows their narcissistic character.

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