Eitan Biran, six-year-old survivor of cable car crash, should back to Italy, court rules

Eitan Birans parents, brother and two great grandparents were murdered in the accident, which led to an intense and complicated guardianship battle between his next of kin in Italy and Israel.

The Birans had lived in Pavia in Northern Italy, and an Italian judge ruled that Biran .’s paternal aunt in Italy should get custody.

But in September, his maternal grandfather visited Biran in Italy, drove him over the border to Switzerland and then flew it to Israel on An private jet.

Days later Biran’s aunt filed a complaint in for the kidnap of her cousin with Israeli authorities.

The family court in Tel Aviv has now determined that Biran should be returned to his aunt, rejecting the grandfather’s argument that his actions were lawful and in his grandson best interests.

Lawyers Shmuel Moran, Center, and Avi Himi, left, who represent the Italian family of    Eitan Biran, speak at a press conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, October 25, 2021.

The court rejected the claim that Israel was the habit of the minor place of whereabouts and noted that he had moved to Italy when he was two months old. It also said it was in die from the boy best interest in remain in the country.

The court also ruled that the grandfather’s actions were unlawful and violated his aunt’s custody rights.

Eitan Birans family died when a cable broke during a ride on the Stresa-Mottarone cable car from Lido di Stresa square on Lake Maggiore to the nearby mountain Mottarone in the Piedmont region

Authorities think 15 passengers were driving in the cable car at the time of the incident. The sole survivor, Biran, suffered multiple injuries and required surgery.

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