Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Ban lift boosts search for girl

Atiya Anjum-Wilkinson, who was abducted by her father, former insurance salesman Razwan Ali Anjum, two years ago
Atiya Anjum-Wilkinson, who was abducted by her father, former insurance salesman Razwan Ali Anjum, two years ago

Lawyers have appealed for help in finding a four-year-old girl abducted by her father - after a senior judge lifted a publicity ban.

Solicitors urged anyone with information about Atiya Anjum-Wilkinson to raise the alarm so the little girl could be reunited with her mother, Gemma Wilkinson.

Atiya, who will turn five on Monday, was abducted by her father - former insurance salesman Razwan Ali Anjum - two years ago, on her third birthday, High Court judges have heard during private hearings in London.

Ms Wilkinson, a former charity worker who is in her 30s and from Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, has not seen her daughter since.

Lawyers representing Ms Wilkinson, who took legal action in an attempt to force Anjum to reveal Atiya's whereabouts, say the little girl could be anywhere.

Anjum, also of Ashton-under-Lyne, is in prison after being jailed for contempt of court several times by High Court judges.

He has repeatedly refused to comply with a court order and reveal Atiya's whereabouts, judges have heard.

One judge has described the case as "as bad a case of child abduction as I have encountered".

Details of the case emerged in August at a public Court of Appeal hearing in London - where Anjum, who is in his late 20s, failed to persuade appeal judges to rule that he had been unfairly jailed for contempt.

Anjum argued that repeated prison sentences for contempt of court were unfair and served no purpose. Lord Justice McFarlane, Lord Justice Hughes and Lord Justice Tomlinson, disagreed and dismissed Anjum's appeal.

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