The mother of a Calgary girl allegedly kidnapped by her father and left in Iraq said she was given two choices if she ever wanted to see her daughter again: move there or give up full custody of the child, she testified Tuesday.
And Zainab Mahdi suggested revenge over her decision to divorce the girl’s father was the motivation behind Ali Al Aazawi taking their daughter to the Middle Eastern country and leaving her there with family.
Al Aazawi faces charges of international kidnapping and abducting a child against a parental custody order in connection with moving his now 13-year-old daughter, Zahraa, to Iraq during a summer vacation in 2018.
Mahdi told Crown prosecutor Martha O’Connor she signed legal documents that permitted her ex-husband to take their daughter to Egypt, as well as a side trip to Turkey, between June 16 and Sept. 5, 2018.
But a little over a week into the trip the mother learned her daughter was in Iraq and her father was vowing never to return her to Canada.