The BBC News is reporting that Parental Kidnapper 54-year old Eileen Clark, an American Citizen who kidnapped her 3 children for 16 years from the state of New Mexico in the United States of America has lost an August 2013 Appeal in the United Kingdom. Under the appeal, Clark claimed post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a defense to extradition to the United States to face International Parental Kidnapping Charges.
Her latest challenge was rejected by the High Court in London.The court was “dubious” about the PTSD claim Lord Justice Treacy said, and added there was a failure to establish “a cogent case”. The judge said the removal of children without parental consent was “a serious matter” and recognised as such by both domestic and foreign courts.”The need for international co-operation is particularly strong,” the judge said.
Eileen Clark was represented by Liberty lawyer Emma Norton.
Editors Note: It is great to see the UK take the lead in extraditing International Parental Kidnappers back to the original home country. Even after the kidnapped children reach adulthood, it is important that this crime be enforced to let custodial-embattled parents know that parental kidnapping is never a legal alternative. If you kidnap your child(ren), you will eventually get prosecuted.
The major concern now is to make sure Eileen Clark is taken into custody immediately and extradited back to the United States. In following these cases, we wouldn’t be surprised if she flees the UK to another country soon.
Despite the really long time it took, we again praise the UK Courts for getting arriving at the right decision. What frustrates us about this particular case is that Elieen Clark expects every legal right now that she has been arrested. You also have organizations like LIberty helping individuals like Elieen Clark.
Eileen Clark clearly violated a Judge’s Court Order in 1998 and played “Judge, Jury & Executioner” by kidnapping her children. She stripped her former spouse’s right to have any relationship with his kids and I imagine that today, she continues to alienate them from he and the rest of his family.
We would like to Eileen Clark get the maximum 9 years in prison for this kidnapping. That’s the only way justice can be served here.