Trial against suspects in Amsterdam girl's abduction starts

Insiya Hemani, kidnapped from Amsterdam in September 2016
Insiya Hemani, kidnapped from Amsterdam in September 2016. (Photo: Nadia Rashid / Facebook)

The trial against in the abduction of from her grandmother's Amsterdam apartment starts on Monday. The court allocated five days for this trial. The seventh suspect, Insiya's father Shehzad Hemani, is currently in India and will not be tried this week, Het Parool reports.

Insiya was on Watergraafsmeer in September 2016. The police quickly concluded that her , but the then 2-year-old girl had already been She's been living there with her father since. 

Early this year a court in India ruled that Nadia Rashid's custody in March. Hemani to the Netherlands by appealing against the ruling. In August Hemani's legal team said that a c. According to his lawyers, the Indian judiciary sided with their stance that Insiya's mother is the child’s abductor, not Hemani.

Rashid whole-heartedly disputed the interpretation of the court hearing as stated by Hemani's team. "The Supreme Court never said that India considers me a kidnapper," Rashid told the NL Times in an interview at the time. "The Supreme Court has referred the whole case back to the family court, they have to decide the custody issue within 6 months," she continued, saying that the family court must ignore an earlier ruling blocking Insiya's return to the Netherlands.

Hemani and Rashid have been separated, and, for years. Before their separation, they mainly lived in India. In 2014 Rashid came to the Netherlands with her daughter, to start the divorce procedures here.

The criminal case surrounding the abduction is being conducted in the Netherlands. But the lawsuit about who will get custody of Insiya . The trial starting in the Netherlands on Monday, concerns the criminal case about Insiya's abduction.