Thursday 8 December 2016

Former Neighbours actress accused of kidnapping her son permitted to return to Australia

Published 31/12/2015 | 11:23

Actress Eliza Szonert (41)
Actress Eliza Szonert (41)

A Neighbours star accused of kidnapping her child in Kuala Lumpar will be allowed to return to Australia with her son after Malaysian police released her without charge.

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Eliza Szonert (41) was detained by Malaysian authorities last week after she would not reveal the location of her son to her estranged partner Ashley Crick.

The actress allegedly abducted her son from a restaurant in which he was having breakfast with his father, who is an Australian businessman based in Kuala Lumpar.

The incident was captured on video according to The Telegraph.

Szonert and Crick have been separated since 2012, but moved back in together with the child in Malaysia in recent months.

The former Neighbours star, best known for playing Danni Stark in the soap from 1993 to 1996, was detained by police for 24 hours before she was released following welfare checks on her son.

The child’s father has now released the boy’s passport to the Australian High Commission.

The actress is believed to be returning to Australia within the next 48 hours accompanied by her son and with Mr Crick’s parents and her family.

"She can leave Malaysia for home with her son,” said Kuala Lumpur police chief Tajuddin Mohamad Isa.

“We have investigated the case and the deputy public prosecutor has decided that there will be no prosecution against her. Our concern is for the well-being of the child.”

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