A mum who police have been hunting for FIVE years after she allegedly abducted her children has been arrested in Canada.Toronto Police’s fugitive squad arrested Anisa Ibrahim after an international search.
She and her two children had been missing from their Withington home since April 2010.
Police say the 35-year-old was living with her sons Khalid and Ahmed under assumed names in the Hamilton Ontario.
She has now been charged with unlawful abduction and disobeying a court order.
Police said a tip-off led them to an address in Hamilton.
In a statement Toronto Police said: “On Thursday, August 13 2015, members of the Toronto Police Fugitive Squad, assisted by The Missing Children Society of Canada, arrested international fugitive Anisa Mohamed Ibrahim, 35.
“She was wanted for Unlawful Abduction of her two sons and disobey a court order in Manchester, England.
”It is alleged that: she fled England with her two young sons, travelling to Germany, before entering Canada in April 2010
“The Toronto Fugitive Squad has been working with the Greater Manchester Police in England and the Missing Children Society of Canada since shortly after their arrival in Canada.
“The Toronto Fugitive Squad has followed up on many tips over the years. Last week, information was received that Anisa Mohamed Ibrahim and her two sons may be residing in Hamilton, Ontario.
“Investigative checks revealed that she and her sons were using new names and living in the Main Street and Ferguson Avenue South area of Hamilton, Ontario.
“On Thursday, August 13, 2015, under the strength of an extradition warrant, Anisa Mohamed Ibrahim, 35, was taken into custody. She is scheduled to appear in court at the Superior Court of Justice in Hamilton on Friday, August 14, 2015.
“The two sons are in the care of Children’s Aid and are doing well.”
In 2011 the boys’ father, Abdul Abubakar claimed a wall of silence in Manchester’s Somali community was stopping police from finding his two children.
Abdul, 45, said at the time he believed that friends and relatives of Anisa, his ex-wife, paid for her to leave the country.
Abdul and Anisa, both originally from Somalia, met in Manchester and were married in 2004 – only to get divorced in 2007.
The children were at the centre of a three-year court battle over access. Abdul was granted access to his son by the family courts in late 2009. By leaving Manchester with the two children without consulting Abdul, Anisa, 31, breached a family court order – prompting the international manhunt after Abdul raised the alarm.
Following an international investigation involving Interpol, the police and social services in Europe, the US and Canada, GMP learned that Anisa, Khalid and Ahmed left Manchester on a coach bound for Amsterdam on April 9, 2010 – and flew from Amsterdam to Toronto, in Canada, later that month.
Abdul said at the time: “People in the Somali community with ties to Anisa, who are distant relatives of hers, helped fund her trip to Amsterdam and then to Toronto.
“I am sure they know where she is now and have regular contact with her, and are keeping her up to date with what is happening over here.”
Abdul, from Hulme, said Anisa had repeatedly threatened to take the two boys back to Somalia, thought to be one of the world’s most dangerous countries.
GMP were given a tip off at the end of 2010 by police in Canada that Anisa and her two sons had flown into Toronto in April. It is believed that she may be being sheltered by members of the Somali Diaspora in Canada or the USA.
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