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2 fugitive fathers arrested in abduction of their sons

November 5, 2010 |  8:45 pm

Two Westchester brothers accused of kidnapping their sons in July 2008 and taking them overseas were arrested in the Netherlands earlier this week, the FBI said late Friday.

John Silah failed to return his son, Greg, to his mother at the end of a summer visit. His brother, George Silah, also failed to return his sons, Alex and Zaven, to his ex-wife. The brothers turned off their cellphones, abandoned the Westchester home where they lived in together and vanished.

After an extensive search involving the FBI and international law enforcement, the Silahs were located in the Netherlands and taken into custody by Dutch authorities, said Laura Eilmiller, an FBI spokeswoman.

Greg, 12; Alex, 14; and Zaven, 11, are safe in protective custody and will be reunited with their mothers, who are traveling to the Netherlands to retrieve them, authorities said.

Eimiller said the investigation wouldn't have been successful without the coooperation of Greek and Dutch authorities.

The boys' mothers took to the Internet and the airwaves in their battle to find their children.

One website, www.georgesilah.com, details the alleged kidnappings and asks the public for help. The website says the brothers are the sons of an Armenian author, Lucy Silah Sulahian, and that it was feared they had fled to their native Syria with George Silah's girlfriend.

-- Catherine Saillant