It’s been called one of the worst cases of government abuse ever committed against a home schooling family: the abduction by Swedish authorities of Domenic Johansson, a happy, healthy, 7-year-old boy taken from his parents Christer and Annie Johansson in 2009 as they waited to leave Sweden on a flight to India.
After the abduction, the Johanssons’ story spread quickly on the Internet.
But three years later, Domenic is still being kept from his parents, and Swedish authorities keep finding new reasons for why the child can’t go home.
“This is about the most fundamental right you have. You have the right to your own children, or you should have,” Christer told CBN News during the first television interview he and his wife have given since their only child’s abduction.
In 2008, Christer and Annie were making plans to leave Sweden for humanitarian work in Annie’s native India.
They decided it would be best for Domenic to be home-schooled during the final months before their departure, rather than enroll him in public school.
Christer says Sweden’s Ministry of Education told him they could home-school, but local officials levied steep fines and threatened the couple to discourage them from doing so.
Then, as the parents sat on a plane at Stockholm airport for their scheduled trip to India, police came aboard and took Domenic away.
“They took Domenic from the plane,” Christer recalled. “Then he threw up until they took him to ER. That’s how severe the trauma is. If someone throws up so you have to take him to the hospital, that’s severe.”
“I have no clue what went on,” Annie added. “There was just a stampede. My child had no clue, and I have no clue still what’s going on. I can just hear the screams of my child all the time.”
Cat and Mouse
According to Christer, the couple was supposed to have Domenic back a few days later. But when they went to pick him up, authorities changed their story.
Officials decided Domenic was “at risk,” because he had cavities and did not have every recommended vaccination. They also noted he was shy.
Gotland Social Services then found more problems — claiming the Johanssons’ home didn’t have enough furniture, and that Christer was a drug addict with a mental illness, even though he passed a drug test and psychiatric examination.
“I went to psychiatric clinic and said, ‘Check me thoroughly,’ and they did. So I took that paper to court and it had no effect whatsoever,” Christer recalled. “I said, ‘I’m healthy,’ but the Social Services and Social Services’ lawyer said ‘No, you are suffering from personality disorder.’”
Social Services said Domenic was developmentally delayed, although videos show him flying a plane on a flight simulator before being abducted at age 7, and also speaking clear English.
Authorities were also disturbed that Domenic was too affectionate with other children, greeting his friends with a hug and kiss on the cheek. They called this “deviant behavior.”
Christer was then labeled a “human rights fanatic.”
Christer said authorities have resisted all attempts to reunite the family. And evidence showing that the pair are good parents has been completely ignored.
“It doesn’t matter if we have professors or doctors to speak for us. It just doesn’t matter,” he said.
Swedish Soviet Union?
Exasperated, Christer brought Domenic home without permission in Nov. 2010. Police then raided their home with guns and dogs and took Domenic away again. Christer was put in jail for two months.
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