Milan, 22 October 2021 – It started with a invitation by the judges to families to “black out” the hearing, behind closed doors, on the Eitan case at the Milan Juvenile Court. The college chaired by Maria Stella Cogliandolo provided the indication for the protection of the minor, the only survivor of the Mottarone massacre, which is the center of a judicial dispute between the maternal and paternal families. Only lawyers with civil delegation participate in the hearing: the crux of the dispute is the protection granted by the Turin court to paternal aunt Aya to which the lawyers of the maternal grandfather opposed, with an appeal to the court of Pavia (where the aunt lives). At the center of today’s hearing is the complaint of the maternal grandparents against the order of 9 August of the Court of Pavia which essentially decided to confirm the decision of the Court of Turin on the appointment of Aya as legal guardian. The hearing ended around lunchtime and it was postponed to December 1st. In these weeks, the parties will be able to file documents.
Also in Tel Aviv, in the proceedings activated on the basis of the Hague Convention on the international abduction of minors (maternal grandfather Shmuel Peleg took Eitan from Pavese to take him to Israel on 11 September), the Court invited the lawyers and the two branches familiar to the press blackout. The Israeli court will have to decide in the coming days whether or not Eitan should return to Italy, as the paternal aunt asks. The Italian lawyers, as far as has been known, are expecting a decision by October 26th. This measure can then be appealed in any case.
“We are here to highlight the judicial truth of this proceeding”, however, stated before the Milan hearing the lawyer Sara Carsaniga, who protects the interests of Eitan’s maternal grandfather. “There are several issues to raise”. With Carsaniga there is a pool of lawyers, including Paolo Sevesi, who assists Shmuel Peleg and Esther Cohen. Among the lawyers of Aya Biran, also the lawyer Cristina Pagni.
The Peleg lawyers in the appeal highlight a series of irregularities in the proceedings, from the timing to the modalities, which led the Turin judge to appoint in 20 minutes, they argue, the aunt as guardian and without even the presence of an interpreter. AND they also contest the management that the aunt had of the little one, because as a guardian, and not a foster, she could not take him home to live with her. From this series of disputes, another hearing in Pavia also derives, set for November 9th. And a third one (again in Pavia) on November 16 and relating to some decrees that would have excluded the Pelegs from the proceedings, without the possibility of receiving notification of certain acts. Finally, for the Pelegs, it should be a ‘third’ person who manages the assets for the minor.
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