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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

France Frees Mother in Abduction Case

ReutersIrina Belenkaya, mother of 3-year-old Elise, leaving the Aix en Provence court after being freed early Thursday.��
A Russian woman facing charges of kidnapping her 3-year-old daughter from the girl's French father has been released from custody by French authorities, Interfax reported Thursday.

A Paris court ordered the release of Irina Belenkaya late Wednesday after she was extradited from Hungary to France on the same day.

Under the conditions of her release, Belenkaya is free to travel, even abroad, but must remain at least 50 kilometers away from the home of her former husband, Jean-Michel Andre.

A French court is due to rule on June 12 who will get custody of their daughter, Elise Andre.

Belenkaya told Interfax on Thursday that she would remain in France to attend the June 12 court hearing and that she hoped to see her daughter in the coming days.

Belenkaya was detained on April 13 in Hungary as she attempted to take her daughter across the border to Ukraine. The girl was abducted from her father in southern France in March.

When Belenkaya and Andre divorced in 2007, a French court gave the father custody and Belenkaya visiting rights. She secretly took the child back to Russia, however.

While in Russia, Belenkaya received custody of her daughter from a Russian court, despite the French court's decision.

In September, Andre came to Russia, took Elise away from her nanny while they were walking in Moscow and brought the girl back to France.

Andre faces kidnapping charges in Russia.