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Re: Hope. And a "Call to Action" please!
« Reply #15 on: March 03, 2011, 09:00:04 AM »
GOOD NEWS! I just heard from Andrew that the Singapore Court ordered his twin boys William and Christopher returned to the US. We will post more details when we have them. Now on to the next stage... getting the order enforced.

Thank you to everyone who helped.
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« Reply #16 on: March 03, 2011, 09:05:09 AM »
That is GREAT news.........

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« Reply #17 on: March 03, 2011, 09:15:56 AM »
GOOD NEWS! I just heard from Andrew that the Singapore Court ordered his twin boys William and Christopher returned to the US. We will post more details when we have them. Now on to the next stage... getting the order enforced.

Thank you to everyone who helped.

YES!!  Can't wait for the details!
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« Reply #18 on: March 03, 2011, 10:05:29 AM »
Wonderful news!!

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« Reply #19 on: March 03, 2011, 10:38:52 AM »
So happy with the great news!  Now we just have to wait for the plane to land with them all aboard.

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« Reply #20 on: March 03, 2011, 01:24:47 PM »
Excellent! Glad to hear that.

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« Reply #21 on: March 03, 2011, 01:52:24 PM »
Here is the message from Andrew with the return order attached:

Hi All,
 
WE DID IT!  Singapore District Judge Angelina Hing issued the attached order for the return of Christopher and William Ko to their father.  The Singapore Court has recognized the US custody order!
 
Now, another difficult part begins: enforcement of the Singapore Court Order by Singapore authorities.  The judge put in a few checkpoints and if the mother misses them, we can immediately go in for contempt.  I am sure the mother and her lawyer will try something to delay the return.  She can appeal the judgement to the Singapore High Court and if that fails, appeal again to the Court of Appeal.
 
I ask for your help to get our Government involved in the return of the boys now that a Singapore Court has ruled in our favor.  Please forward this email to all your friends  to write, call, fax, email your Senators and Congressman.  It doesn't matter if  you live in Hawaii, Vermont, Florida, New Mexico, please send your  representative a request to help bring the boys home.  Go to their website and send them a request!
 
Simply ask them to contact President Obama, the State Departement and the Department of Justice.  (More information on how to help can be found at www.bringthetwinshome.com )
 
PLEASE send a request that says:  Christopher Ko and William Ko were abducted to Singapore on Aug 31, 2009.  Today (March 3, 2011 in Singapore) a Singapore Court ordered the children returned to their father and the United States. The US Government needs to communicate to the Singapore Government that we want the boys returned.  I am asking you as my elected official to contact Hillary Clinton - State Dept, Attorney General Holder - Justice Dept and President Obama to ask that they contact their counterparts in the Singapore Government to strongly express our desire to see the boys returned home to the United States.  Singapore should honor their own Court Order and return the 10 year old American Citizens to their father and the United States.

Christopher Ko has National Crime Information Center NCIC case number M648309789 and William Ko has NICI M308382442.  Both are on the Interpol Wanted website with Yellow Notices and on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website.

Thank you to everyone for all of your support and prayers the last 18 months.  I believe we still have a few steps to go before the boys are back home.  This is great news today and I appreciate everyone's support.  Andrew


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« Reply #22 on: March 04, 2011, 07:55:16 AM »
I just received this response from George Sathiasingam, Assistant Head, Singapore Central Authority.  At least they read my email.

"I refer to your email to the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 2 March 2011 requesting for Christopher and William Ko to be returned to their father and their habitual residence in the United States of America.

2             Singapore acceded to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction on 28 December 2010 and the Hague Convention is in force for Singapore from 1 March 2011. Therefore, the Convention only applies to removals of or retention of children occurring on or after 1 March 2011 between Singapore and Contracting States that have declared their acceptance of Singapore’s accession (please refer to Article 38 of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction).

3              In view of the above, parents of existing cases are encouraged to seek legal advice from their lawyers for avenues to have their child returned to the United States.
 
4              Please do not hesitate to email us should you have further queries.
 
                Thank you and warm regards.
 
George Sathiasingam, Assistant Head, Singapore Central Authority (Hague Convention – International Child Abduction) / Rehabilitation, Protection and Residential Services Division, Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports | DID: (65) 6354 7645 | Fax: (65) 6354 1514 Website: www.mcys.gov.sg"

Hopefully the new ruling will be enforced.

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« Reply #23 on: March 04, 2011, 02:10:14 PM »
Andrew emailed me this morning that the mother has filed an appeal.

The rearguard action starts.
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« Reply #24 on: March 04, 2011, 06:19:08 PM »
I received the same  exact email as Lovellboys.
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« Reply #25 on: March 04, 2011, 08:11:59 PM »
Some good press on the ruling in the Ko case today:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/41911087/ns/local_news-orange_county_ca/?fb_ref=story_text&fb_source=profile_multiline

Ruling may reunite dad with twins taken abroad

A father entangled in an international legal battle after his Singapore-born wife fled the U.S. with their twin sons in August 2009 won a key court ruling this week that could, within days, reunite him with his boys.

Singapore District Judge Angelina Hing on Wednesday ordered the children's mother, who violated a court order by taking the boys out of the U.S. and faces four felony kidnapping charges here, to return the children to a courtroom in Los Angeles by the end of the day March 14.

"The defendant is in blatant breach of U.S. court orders," Hing wrote in her ruling. "This court cannot condone her conduct and will not assist her in prolonging the proceedings (in Singapore)."

For the last 18 months, Andrew Ko, the father of siblings Christopher and William Ko, who turn 11 next week, has been on a costly and emotionally draining crusade to get his sons back, pleading to U.S. agencies and politicians for assistance and enlisting the service of lawyers, private investigators and friends.

The early stages of his fight were featured in the Register a year ago.

Although happy with the ruling, Ko -- a Hong Kong-born U.S. citizen who grew up in Newport Beach and attended Corona del Mar High -- said it's up to Singapore authorities to enforce the court order. His ex-wife, he said, can appeal the ruling to try to delay the return of their sons.

"I believe we still have a few steps to go before the boys are back home," Ko, who is in Singapore, wrote in an e-mail. "This is great news ... I appreciate everyone's support."

Hing ordered the boys' mother, Mei Wang, to produce copies of airline tickets for herself and the boys by March 7 to prove her intent to return with them to the U.S.

If she fails to do that, or to get on the plane, Hing authorized Ko to retrieve his sons from Wang and return to the U.S. with them.

Wang could not be reached for comment.

Since illegally taking the boys out of the U.S. on Aug. 31, 2009, after securing Singapore passports for them without Ko's knowledge and consent, Wang has been trying to wage a custody battle in Singapore courts.

She unsuccessfully tried to get Ko's name removed from the boys' birth certificates and have someone else named as the father.

Wang was trying to win full custody of her sons through the Singapore court system -- a strategy that failed.

Like other judges before her, Hing declared that U.S. courts were the proper forum for Ko and Wang to decide on matters related to their divorce and the issues of custody and care arrangements for their sons.

"The defendant ... failed to act in the interest of the children," the judge wrote.

Ko, a bank executive, and Wang, a women's apparel designer, married in 1999 and settled in the Los Angeles area. Marital problems led Wang to file for divorce in January 2005.

A judge awarded Ko and Wang joint legal and physical custody of Christopher and William. The marriage was annulled in March 2009 after a judge discovered that Wang had not finalized a divorce when she married Ko.

Shortly after Wang fled to Singapore with Christopher and William, Ko was granted temporary full custody of the boys.

The district attorney in Los Angeles issued a four-count felony kidnapping arrest warrant for Wang.

Interpol, the global police organization, put out a fugitive alert.

Like the high-profile case of David Goldman, the New Jersey father who spent five years getting his son, Sean, back from Brazil, Ko found himself an unwilling player in the emotionally charged, and legally and logistically daunting arena, of international parental abductions.

Lawmakers in Washington have been working on proposed laws aimed at expediting a child's safe return to a custodial parent in the United States by urging countries to sign an international treaty known as the Hague Convention of the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Until late last year, Singapore had not been a signatory to the treaty, which makes it easier for countries to work together in bringing fugitive parents to justice.

In September, a U.S. court granted Ko full permanent legal and physical custody of the boys.

A Ko family spokeswoman, Erika Price Schulte, urged the public to lobby officials to ensure the safe return of Christopher and William to the U.S.

"As we've seen in other international parental abduction cases, such as the Sean Goldman case in Brazil, the application of pressure through appropriate diplomatic channels has a dramatic effect on the outcome," Schulte said.

"On behalf of Mr. Ko, we are urging the public to ask their congressional representatives to intervene with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to insure that the boys are returned from Singapore to the U.S."

A U.S. court has ordered Wang to pay Ko about $40,000 in legal fees, according to Schulte.

More information about the Ko case is available at bringthetwinshome.com, Schulte said.

Contact the writer: 714-704-3764 or ghardesty@ocregister.com

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« Reply #26 on: March 04, 2011, 10:13:00 PM »
Andrew emailed me this morning that the mother has filed an appeal.

The rearguard action starts.

What a shocking development!   :mad:
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« Reply #27 on: March 05, 2011, 08:31:20 AM »
Likewise I have emailed everyone of Rep. Ros-Lehtinen's staff. How can I ask for help if I do nothing to help those who are also in my situation.
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« Reply #28 on: March 07, 2011, 08:53:05 AM »
Likewise I have emailed everyone of Rep. Ros-Lehtinen's staff. How can I ask for help if I do nothing to help those who are also in my situation.

United we stand and divided we fall.  When we demand collectively with one voice that our children's rights be respected and fought for they will not be able to continue to ignore us.
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« Reply #29 on: March 07, 2011, 03:08:43 PM »
The latest is that the mother's attorney is trying to use her appeal as a reason not to produce copies of the plane tickets to the court, as order by the Judge, which was required to happen today as per the court order. That puts her in direct breach of the court order.

There is a hearing on the application for a stay of the return scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday March 8.

Hoping to provide some more news tomorrow.