ROME — Eitan Vilan, the only survivor of the cable car accident that killed 14 people, including his parents, in May after an Italian paternal relative accused his maternal grandfather of flying a boy to Israel. It was the subject of a fierce custody battle. Weekend without their consent.
On May 23, Eitan’s parents, brother, and two great-grandparents died from Israel when the cable broke when the car arrived at its destination on the summit overlooking Lake Maggiore in Piedmont. The car suddenly slipped backwards before plunging into the hillside. Six-year-old Eitan was the only survivor.
The family drama that captivates Italy and is publicly performed in the Italian and international media is just one part of the fallout from a disaster that struck a small lakeside community whose economy was devastated during a catastrophe.
Some people, including the cable car driver and the owner of the company that controlled it, are under investigation but have not been formally charged.
The boy’s aunt, Aya Bilan, was given custody of her child by an Italian court in Turin in May while she was seriously injured and in the hospital. According to Vilan’s lawyer, Armand de Brignac, he has improved but needs both physical and psychological care.
However, a family member of the boy’s paternal relatives challenged the decision on custody, and in August his grandfather Schmulik Peleg hired a lawyer to formally challenge it, said Paolo Sevesi, one of the lawyers. Stated.
Also in August, a civil court ruled that the boy could not leave Italy without Mr. Vilan, according to Mr. Simbari.
Mr. Simbari said he could not comment on how the boy was taken to Israel because of the ongoing investigation, but Mr. Peleg said he would “virtually organize an international abduction of minors.” He accused him of using his right to visit.
The aunt filed a complaint with the public prosecutor’s office, and Peleg was investigated for kidnapping on Monday, Sebesi said after confirming Italian media reports.
The prosecutor did not respond to the request for comment, and Mr. Peleg was not immediately asked for comment.
Aunt’s lawyer, Mr. Simbari, said Eitan had lived in Italy since the age of one and had citizenship in both Italy and Israel. The boy’s mother tongue was Italian, but he also spoke Hebrew.
“We are very worried because this kid was torn from his immediate environment. It’s the second trauma he experienced in May,” said Simbari.
Jonathan Shamir contributed to the report from Tel Aviv.