Alison Azer says senior government officials prevented RCMP from speaking with Iranian officials.
Alison Azer’s four children were allegedly abducted by their father 324 days ago and now she says the Canadian government is standing by while her children remain at risk in Iran.
“Had Prime Minster Trudeau shown leadership last month my kids could very well be home today enjoying the summer” Alison Azer told the media during a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday.
Alison Azer alleges senior government officials have stopped the RCMP from contacting Interpol Iran when Iranian officials had the children’s father Saren Azer in custody last month on four charges of child abduction. He was released on bail awaiting another court appearance in Iran.
“I am told that the normal protocol would be for the requesting entity to to speak with their counterparts where the arrest was made. The RCMP asked to communicate with Interpol Iran but were blocked by senior Canadian government officials from doing so” said Azer.
The NDP is calling on Foreign Affairs minister Stephane Dion to respond to the allegations but Dion is attending a conference overseas and has not replied.
The children, Meitan, 4, Dersim, 7, Rojevahn, 10 and Sharvahn,11 were first taken to Iraq by their father Saren, a well known Comox doctor last August. By court order he was supposed to return them to their mother after a two week trip to Europe, but did not.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls it a troubling consular case but says work continues to secure the children’s release.
“We continue to be very closely involved, the RCMP, Consular Services, the Government of Canada to try and bring those kids home to safety” said Trudeau.
But Alison Azer is not buying it.
“From the information I have the government of Canada has made no request for action of the Iranians or responded in kind to Iran’s willingness to speak with Canada about my children” said Azer.