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Juana Rivas comes out of hiding as police continue to look for her children

Juana Rivas addresses well-wishers and campaigners against domestic violence outside court.
Juana Rivas addresses well-wishers and campaigners against domestic violence outside court. / AFP
  • The Granada woman still refuses to give them to their Italian father, who she accuses of domestic abuse, and officers must wait until 1 September for a warrant to search home

Juana Rivas, the Granada woman who was wanted from late July for ignoring a court order to hand over her children to their father, came out of hiding on Tuesday and voluntarily appeared in court.

She told the judge that she was keeping her children, aged 11 and three, in hiding for their safety. Rivas accuses their Italian father of domestic violence although he has a court order asking for their return.

The judge released her pending further investigations.

Meanwhile Guardia Civil officers continue to look for the children, although a search warrant for Rivas’ home outside Granada can’t be issued until 1 September, as the civil courts are on their August break.