Man who kidnapped daughters loses appeal against sentence

The daughters of Ms. Borg

A man who has served five prison sentences for kidnapping his children has lost his appeal regarding his sentence.

Mohammed El Zubaidy transported Tanya Borg's daughters from Pewsey, Wiltshire, to Libya in 2015.

Since El Zubaidy left them with his mother in Tripoli, Ms. Borg has fought to return Angel El Zubaidy, 22, and her sister Maya, 11, to Britain.

El Zubaidy received a 12-month prison sentence in December from the Family Division of the High Court in London.

In a High Court altercation with his estranged wife Tanya Borg, who is in her 40s, Sir Johnathan Cohen determined that he had violated orders and was in contempt.

Tanya Borg
Ms. Borg has previously attempted to influence policymakers to allow her children to return home.

El Zubaidy's appeal against the verdict was rejected by three judges today after a hearing in London at the Court of Appeal.

The argument made by El Zubaidy, a man in his 40s, was that Sir Jonathan's sentence was "manifestly excessive in all the circumstances.".

Lord Justices Bean, Moylan, and Lewis dissented and asserted that Sir Jonathan had not committed any "mistake.".

Four other judges had previously sentenced El Zubaidy to jail time after finding that he had disobeyed orders to return his daughters to their mother at home.

El Zubaidy received separate sentences of two years and twelve months in jail in 2017 and 2018, as well as another 12-month sentence in 2021.

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