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Cable car crash survivor caught in custody battle

By Region News North-west Italy

The five-year-old Israeli boy who was the sole survivor of the Mottarone cable car crash, is now the source of a custody battle.

A legal battle has broken out for custody of Eitan Biran. The five-year-old Israeli boy was the sole survivor of the Mottarone mountain cable-car disaster in Piedmont in May.

Parents, brother and grandparents all perished

In the horrific cable car crash in May, 14 people died. They included the young boy’s parents, grandparents and two-year-old brother.

Eitan was the only cable car crash survivor, though he suffered serious injuries.

The family, while Israeli, had all repatriated to Italy. Eitan, moved to Italy with his parents in 2018. He is now in the care of his paternal aunt, Aya Biran.

However, the boy’s Israel-based family are unhappy about this.

Ronen Dlayahu, a lawyer representing the Israeli side of the family, announced the boy’s maternal aunt, Gali Peri, has launched legal proceedings for custody of him. The lawyer said he is a hostage.

Peri said that “Eitan was taken away by a family that did not know him, that had not been close to him in any way previously”.

Investigation ongoing

The investigation into the crash is still ongoing. In July, the prosecutor of Verbania, Olimpia Bossi, signed a request for an evidentiary incident including fourteen suspects.

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