The man accused of abducting his four children from Vancouver Island has contacted Comox Valley RCMP.
Corporal Janelle Shoihet with B.C. RCMP says the call with Dr. Saren Azer took place recently but won’t elaborate on when it happened or the details around the conversation.
Shoihet can say the father spoke of the children’s condition.
“[He says] the children are safe, and now investigators are working to see how they can determine that for themselves.”
Azer is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant and is also subject of an Interpol “red notice,” the closest existing mechanism to an international arrest warrant.
Last month, the children’s mother Alison Azer met with Prime Minster Justin Trudeau and other federal party leaders in her campaign to bring her children back.
The following day, her ex-husband spoke to Global News in an online interview and claimed the children “were in a psychological and mental war zone.”
He also recently took to Facebook to defend his actions, posting pictures and video of the children playing.
In 2015, Azer took the children aged three to eleven on a flight to Europe and never returned.
The children’s mother says they flew to Iraq and believes their father then took them across the border into Iran.
She has since been publicly campaigning for their return, and has launched the website Find Azer Kids Now.