Azer case reaches House of Commons audience

With Alison Azer present, Courtenay-Alberni NDP MP Gord Johns asked the Liberal government last week what actions they are taking to ensure the safe return of the Courtenay mother’s four children.

“Alison has reason to believe her children are in Kurdistan - in Northern Iraq. Today, Alison is here in Ottawa encouraging the government to help bring her children safely home,” he said Wednesday in the House of Commons.

Omar Alghabra, parliamentary secretary (Foreign Affairs) Consular Affairs, noted the government remains committed and deeply concerned about the well-being of the Azer children.

“We have been in constant and regular contact with Ms. Azer … I want to ensure the House that our officials are working closely with government authorities here and abroad including law enforcement agencies,” he replied.

“…I want to ensure her and this House that we are very committed to the return of her children safely at home.”

It has been six months since the Courtenay mother has seen her four children, who were allegedly abducted by their father last summer.

In August, Alison Azer received word her ex-husband - Dr. Saren Azer (also known as Salahaddin Mahummudi-Azer) - hadn’t returned to Canada from a court-approved trip to Europe with her children Sharvahn, 11, Rojevahn, 9, Dersim, 7 and Meitan, 3.

Comox Valley RCMP sought and obtained a Canada Wide Warrant of Arrest for Azer - who practised at St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Comox. INTERPOL also lists the children as missing on its website.

Local meeting planned

A meeting is set for Thursday, March 3 for Alison Azer to address friends, family and the community as an update following her visit to Parliament.

Alison will report on her trip and talk about mobilizing political action and community awareness.

The meeting is set for Queneesh Elementary from 7 to 9 p.m.

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