Amsterdam & Partners LLP: Lawyers for parent of abducted girl in Volgemut case say Ottawa police “failed” to protect child and ignored court orders in case involving the parental rights of a Russian citizen
WASHINGTON–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – On September 28, 2021, law firm Amsterdam & Partners LLP sent a letter to Chief Peter Sloly of the Ottawa Police Services alleging that the law enforcement agency had failed in its obligations to find and rescue Aleksandra “Sasha” Nicole Volgemut, an almost three-year-old girl, who was abducted by her mother for the third time on September 2, 2021 in direct violation of court orders granting temporary sole custody to the father, Taras Volgemut.
Robert Amsterdam, founding partner of Amsterdam & Partners LLP who represents Mr. Volgemut, a citizen of the Russian Federation, writes in the letter to Sloly that the Ottawa police did not respond to the court order to place the child in the care of their client and, following the abduction of the child, which lasted from September 2 to 17, 2021, refused to execute the arrest and committal warrants issued by the court.
“For 14 days, he had no idea where his daughter was or whether she was safe,” the letter from Amsterdam reads. “The Ottawa Police have totally failed in their duty to our client, to the honorable courts of this province and, most importantly, to Sasha.
According to the letter, it was not until September 17, 2021 that the child was rescued and his captor was placed under arrest by the Gatineau Police Service. In light of the Ottawa Police’s alleged refusal to locate the abducted child, Mr. Volgemut was forced to independently search for his location, the letter said.
Although Mr. Volgemut holds Russian citizenship, his daughter and mother are both Canadian. “Given the mother’s documented anti-Russian animosity and the mother’s communication with Ottawa police throughout the period of her disappearance, we are concerned that Mr. Volgemut’s Russian legacy may have influenced the response of the Ottawa police. Amsterdam commented.
“As a Canadian, I am deeply ashamed of the way the Ottawa police in this case failed to treat the victims of this crime with the appropriate level of respect and urgency,” Amsterdam commented. “The Ottawa Police clearly have a duty to enforce court orders and uphold the law, no matter the crime or the victim, and we are demanding answers as to why victims were not protected in the Volgemut kidnapping case.
Amsterdam continued, “We believe that, based on the conduct of the Ottawa police in the Volgemut case, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Canada should consider raising this issue with Canadian authorities at most. high level, as well as the appropriateness of issuing a travel warning to citizens of the Russian Federation.
Amsterdam & Partners LLP is an international law firm based in London and Washington DC. You can find more information at www.amsterdamandpartners.com.