June 14, 2019

High Court Grants Temporary Custody To Father In Controversial Case Of Autistic Children

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Two children living with autism who are at the center of a fierce battle between their parents have been allowed by the High Court in Kigali to travel to Belgium for treatment.

In April, The Chronicles highlighted the case of the two boys in the story: “Belgian Man and Rwandan Woman In Angry battle Over Two Autistic Children“.

The High Court this Friday granted temporary custody to the father Patrick Carpentier, a Belgian, allowing him to take the children to Brussels, a demand their mother Uwamahoro Dalda has contested since their bitter separation.

Ex-husband Carpentier has argued that the boys, aged 5 and 7 years, are not getting the necessary care in Rwanda, and has unsuccessfully pleaded with his ex-wife to accept to travel to Belgium.

In addition, Carpentier has also been fighting to take full custody of the children, following their divorce.

The lower court sided with the mother, who wants to keep the children, and also does not want them to leave Rwanda. Uwamahoro fears that once the children get to Belgium, she may never have them back.

Now, the High Court has decided that the children be taken for treatment in Belgium on July 6, and must be brought back back on August 6, 2019.

The Court also ruled that should Uwamahoro obtain travel documents before July 6, she will accompany the children.

In addition, the ex-husband must provide for Uwamahoro once in Belgium, as well as give her cash 800 Euros (Rwf800,000) as “living allowance” in Belgium.

However, the court did not give any other conditions which will ensure the children are returned to Rwanda.

Despite this High Court decision in his favour, Carpentier told The Chronicles that he was not satisfied, as he had expected to be given full custody of the children.

“I am going to try everything possible to win custody of my children,” he said outside court.

Uwamahoro was not in court.

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