Authorities have asked for information from four countries as police continue to investigate the ‘sale’ of a baby.
International arrest warrants have also been issued for two men, a Greek Cypriot and a Turk. The couple are reported to have married abroad before moving back to settle in Cyprus. Police believe they crossed into the Turkish-occupied north and took the 18 month old infant to Turkey.
According to Phileleftheros, police have sent messages asking for help to trace them to Interpol Turkey, New Zealand, Australia and the Philippines.
It said that the Philippines were being asked for information on the birth mother of the baby and its registration there. The two men are understood to have spent time in Australia and New Zealand and information is being sought from those two countries.
A 47 year old woman from the Philippines is under arrest in connection with the same case and police are expected to ask for a renewal of her remand as investigations continue. The woman had brought the baby to Cyprus, presenting documentation that she was the birth mother.
The issue came to light after the Greek Cypriot man – who appears as the father of the baby on the birth certificate — asked the Family Court for sole parental custody.
The latter asked the welfare services for a report which started to look into the issue. At that point the Greek Cypriot father withdrew his application for custody.
Police has information that the baby’s birth mother – who is in the Philippines – had reached agreement with the Greek Cypriot for him to send her €250 a month until the baby was born to cover her expenses. Authorities believe she received between €1,000 and €1,500 until the birth of the child.
When she checked in to give birth she did so under the name of the woman currently in police custody. The latter’s name then appeared on the birth certificate, allowing her to bring the child to Cyprus where another certificate was issued declaring the Greek Cypriot as the birth father, reports said.
There is no same-sex marriage in Cyprus, only civil partnerships. But the adoption law specifies that a couple must be married in order to adopt, effectively barring same-sex couples from adopting.