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Father of two will not be jailed

A judge has dismissed an application for the father of two children who were kidnapped and taken to France by their mother to be held in contempt and jailed for violating court orders.

But B.C. Supreme Court Justice Nicole Garson has some concerns that Scott Grant “is not honouring at least the spirit” of a March order asking him to set up a webcam so the kids can communicate with Nathalie Gettliffe.

The mother was sentenced to six more months in jail late last year after she whisked the kids away to France in contempt of a court order.

ICOC: a cult of Christianity

Theologically, the International Churches of Christ – which Gettliffe’s former husband belongs to – is a cult of Christianity.

Sociologially, the movement has many cultic elements as well.

She was returned to France and then released from custody early this year. Her lawyer, Vincent Pigeon, appeared in court yesterday asking that Grant be put in jail for seven days and fined a minimum of $1,000 for contempt. Pigeon told the judge that his client had been cut off from communicating with the kids for five months — a claim denied by Grant’s lawyer, Jane Reid.

“Mr. Grant has no lawful excuse for not setting up the webcam,” said Pigeon. “He’s intentionally, consciously and continuously breached this order.”

Reid told the judge that Grant was concerned that Gettliffe would take photos of the kids from the webcam and sell them and believed he was not in contempt since he allowed phone conversations to take place.

“He read that if the webcam could not be facilitated, communication could continue by phone.”

Reid said Grant has now bought a webcam and is prepared to install it as long as it won’t be misused.

The judge repeated the order for Grant to set up a webcam on his home computer but also said that the mother must not audio or videotape any of the webcam conversations. She said the children must not be punished for the fact that their mother was in contempt in removing them from Canada.

Grant, a Vancouver financial adviser, has had interim custody of the kids — a girl who is now 12 and a boy who is now 14 — since they were kidnapped in 2001.

French woman who abducted children from Canada: I am not a terrorist

PARIS (CP) – A French woman imprisoned for abducting two of her children from their Canadian father insisted Wednesday she was “not a terrorist,” and driven only by the desire to protect them.

Nathalie Gettliffe, speaking to reporters four days after being granted provisional release from French prison, said her memory of the drama and her children “made it difficult at times to function.”

Gettliffe was convicted last month in Vancouver to 16 months in prison. She pleaded guilty to two counts of abduction, saying she took the children to France in 2001 to take them from their father because he was increasingly active in The International Church of Christ – which is banned in France as a sect.

ICOC: a cult of Christianity

Theologically, the International Churches of Christ – which Gettliffe’s former husband belongs to – is a cult of Christianity.

Sociologially, the movement has many cultic elements as well.

“I am not a terrorist, I am not going to blow up the government,” she told reporters in the southeastern town of Satillieu. Excerpts of her remarks were broadcast on French TV. “I am protecting my children.”

Gettliffe, who has dual French-Canadian citizenship, was arrested in April of 2006, when she returned to Vancouver to finish a PhD in applied linguistics at the University of British Columbia.

She was pregnant while being held at a B.C. prison pending trial. Prison officials declined to discuss the birth but indicated it occurred at a nearby hospital last September.

She now has four children: two by Canadian Scott Grant, aged 12 and 13, and two by Frenchman Francis Gruzelle, aged three months and 17 months.

Gettliffe was returned to France in December to serve the rest of her term. On Friday, a French judge ruled she could be released early to care for her two younger children, but would remain under judicial surveillance.

On Saturday, she left prison with her baby.

French authorities returned the older children to Vancouver in July, reuniting them with their father.