Shelley Beyak told CTV News Channel Sunday that her 10-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son were secretly taken to Lebanon last March. She said she and her ex-husband had shared custody of the children as they lived in Abbotsford, B.C., and he told her he was taking them to Seattle for a vacation.
“I figured I would see them in about a week,” she said.
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Beyak arrived in Lebanon last month, believing being on the ground might make it easier for her to resolve the situation. She has been allowed a few brief visits with her children, and has been unsuccessfully attempting to get a court order forcing her ex-husband to return them to her.
Her ex-husband will face criminal charges if he ever returns to Canada, but the Lebanese court system does not recognize the Canadian custody order that was intended to prevent him from flying to Lebanon.
Beyak has previously said that she is working with Canadian consular officials and wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to intervene in her case. She said Sunday that she had not heard of any government efforts on her behalf.