Constitutional Court rules in favour of father fighting to protect son

The Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic has upheld an appeal by a father who refused to return his seven-year-old son to his mother in France on the grounds that she had fallen prey to a religious sect and could not secure the boy’s welfare. The judge said the arguments presented were valid and the lower instance court to which the case was returned should consider primarily the best interests of the child. The lower instance court had previously ruled in favour of the boy’s return, despite a medical expertise which said the child was traumatised following time spent with his mother in France.