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Maltese authorities issue arrest warrant against woman jailed in Germany

She is suspect accomplice in Malta child abduction case

A still from video footage taken in November 2014 and posted on timesofmalta.com showing the abduction attempt in Żabbar.

A still from video footage taken in November 2014 and posted on timesofmalta.com showing the abduction attempt in Żabbar.

A European arrest warrant has been issued by the Maltese authorities against a woman who last week was jailed in Germany for abducting her daughter.

Claudia Krolik, suspected of being an accomplice in a child abduction attempt in Malta three years ago, was sentenced to two years and six months in prison by a magistrates’ court in Berlin.

Ms Krolik was wanted by the police in 2015 in connection with an incident that happened in November 2014 in Malta, but until last week, no warrant against her had been issued by the Maltese authorities.

In November of 2014, Ms Krolik allegedly helped another German woman, Petra Nemet, try to abduct her three-year-old son from Żabbar, where he lived with his father, Nico Leonhardt, who has sole custody.

During the incident, Mr Leonhardt’s partner, a Maltese woman, grabbed hold of the child after two women ran out of a car that had just pulled up.

READ: German father lands in Malta to find his abducted child

She ran off and the other two women gave chase. She later told the Times of Malta that she had been allegedly hit by a taser on her side and face. The Maltese woman said she had lost her eyesight for a few minutes.

Last week, a Berlin court told the media that Ms Krolik had moved abroad in 2014 with her then five-year-old daughter, even though the father had custody of the child.

Around May of 2015, Ms Krolik was with her daughter in Malta and sometime later they both moved to Thailand, where the mother was traced and subsequently deported to Germany. The child has been handed over to her father.

Last year, the father desperately seeking information regarding the whereabouts of his daughter came to Malta claiming she had been abducted in Germany by her mother.

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