Christopher Savoiewas finally released today. The prosecutor’s office in nearby Fukuoka, Japan said Savoie was released after he promised not to take his children back to the United States “in this manner,” implying he could not have any contact with the children.
Japan, who has not signed on to the International Hague Treaty, has NEVER released a child back to a U.S. parent – EVER! Christopher’s current wife, AMY SAVOIE, says that bi-national children in Japan are often told that their U.S. parent is dead so that the child can lose all, if any, interest of seeing that parent once they are grown (18 years old.)
Click here to recap my coverage of the story if you missed it http://www.hluizpresents.com/2009/10/02/a-father-who-has-u-s-sole-custody-of-his-kids-is-jailed-in-japan/
This is so sad and terrible, but there is something positive that may come from all of this. Japan is considering their participation is signing the HAGUE Treaty. The Hague Treaty’s primary intention is to preserve whatever status quo child custody arrangement existed immediately before an alleged wrongful removal or retention thereby deterring a parent from crossing international boundaries in search of a more sympathetic court. The Convention applies only to children under the age of 16.
“The Japanese government is also considering seriously to conclude this treaty on the grounds that this treaty would provide one of the most effective measures to protect the children after their parents divorced.”
-Yasuhisa Kawamura (A Spokesman with the Foreign Ministry)