A well-known former Vancouver Island doctor accused of abducting his children to Iraq or Iran has taken to social media to defend himself.
Earlier this week, Azer appears to have launched a Facebook page called “Azer Children” with recent photos and video of the children, and a rationale for his actions.
“For the first time since 2012, when that campaign of terror and madness was unleashed on our lives, we have found peace and we are happy. When that nightmare started my children and I, each in a different way, were scarred and had become ill.”
Azer writes that his children were “taken away” from him in 2012, and returned with a variety of illnesses, eating and sleeping disorders, or developmental delay. He claims the children have now “normalized,” thanks to his actions.
“Now, away from that nightmare, I am recovering and doing my best to make sure that my children are happy, loved and have all that they need.”
The Facebook page has also become a forum for the two sides of the dispute to battle…
Supporters of the children’s mother urge Azer to return the children, while the father’s supporters say the children are where they want to be.
Hunted by mercenaries?
Azer also claims that he was warned by Iranian security officer, that he is being hunted by a “private army” headed an Australian with a military background.
“Supposedly, he has been a part of different mercenary armies for a number of years. “
Azer writes that he had initially been worried, but no longer.
“Regardless of what happens to me, my children will be cared for by those who love them and celebrate them the most, “their family”.”
Alison Azer, the children’s mother, issued a statement this evening calling the Facebook page an attempt to muddy the waters on the alleged abduction.
“This desperate attempt to distract and confuse family friends and supporters here in Canada will not break our spirit or determination to see my kids safely returned to Canada.”
Azer says her hex husband is an international fugitive, and that the RCMP and international policing agencies are monitoring the posts.
The children vanished in August, after they left Comox with their father on what was mean to be a short trip to Europe.
Their mother believes Sharvahn, Rojevahn, Dersim and Meitan, aged 3-11, were instead taken to the Kurdish region of Iraq, and later Iran.
Saren is now wanted by Interpol, as well as on a Canada wide warrant.
Ms. Azer went to Kurdistan in January in a bid to track the children down.
While she located the kids, she says her ex-unwillingness to comply with international law and resistance from local leaders meant she returned empty handed.