Calgary Police revealed in a news release today on April 10 that a local girl has gone missing and they now believe that she has been abducted by her own dad. A Calgary father has been charged with kidnapping his daughter and leaving her in Iraq. The police are now asking the public for their help so that they can find her and bring her back to Canada.
12-year-old girl Zahraa Ai Aazawi was taken by her father to Egypt last year from Calgary in June 2018, said the Calgary police in their news release today.
She was expected to return to her home in Canada six months after her visit in September 2018, as previously discussed by her parents. However, a number of months after she was supposed to return to Calgary, Zahraa and her father were nowhere to be found.
It wasn't until recently that the father returned to Canada. He landed at the Toronto Pearson International Airport last week on April 4, but Zahraa was not by his side. Her location has not been disclosed by him.
He was arrested by police at the airport. "Ali Al AAZAWI, 38, has been charged by Canada-wide warrant with one count of parental child abduction," reads the release from the police. "He is currently being transported from Toronto to Calgary to face the charges."
Now, police are trying to locate the girl but are unsure of her exact whereabouts. They believe that her father left her in Iraq, possibly with his family.
"While Zahraa has had limited contact with her mother while overseas, she has not been returned to Calgary as agreed," says the Calgary police.
Investigators are trying to find Zahraa in order to bring her home to her mother in Canada. They are now seeking assistance and information from the public, including members of Calgary’s Iraqi community.
The police are asking anyone with information on this case to contact them by calling the non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers, either by calling 1-800-222-8477 or on their website.