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2 fugitive fathers arrested in abduction of their sons

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




Comments () | Archives (4)

Where is the information about Greece? The Greek authorities are given credit at the end of the article, but nowhere is it mentioned how that country was involved.
Details, please.

can you write a research paper like a 5th grader? they have more details and supporting statements than i ever find in the LA Times!

This is the fault of illegal marijuana!

Wow I remember reading this story a couple years ago. I feared that something could of possibly happened to the boys. I'm so glad they are were found and are OK.


I SAY!,the brothers, just wanted to have a father and son time .Or is it something more better.


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