Austrian Newspaper Article, Heute 7.1.2013

Heute article 7.1.2013,841007

This mother has agonised for 531 days over her children

Since 25th July 2011, Beth S. (28) has feared for her twins Benjamin and Samuel (3 years old). A judge in the 2nd District Court of Vienna withdrew custody from her on account of a controversial psychologist report.

Every evening Beth straightens the covers on her children’s beds, folds their pyjamas – but the beds of her sons remain empty. The sad story: A judge based her ruling on a dubious psychologist report which alleges that she is mentally ill, took her children away from her – the father, a junior doctor, brought the police to collect them.
This newspaper can now reveal the findings of our research: For months a high court judge (name known) has intervened on the side of the father (the high court judge is a good friend of the ex-husband).

Although in the meantime two further reports have concluded that the mother is perfectly healthy, custody remains with the father. In response to questions why the judge has still not set any court hearing dates for custody despite new evidence with the latest reports in the mother’s favour, the court spokeswoman, Ingrid Weigl replied: “We are waiting for a new report from the Social Services.”

This takes time. Time that the children do not have. Mother Beth says: “ My children are suffering, they are doing very badly with the father. They are traumatised and do not speak.”

Despite continued attempts to get a statement from him, the father of the twins was not available for comment.

Beth with her twins Samuel & Benjamin: The Cambridge graduate only has visitation rights.



Some time later, the Heute published this piece in their newspaper


Translation: Because of the publication in the periodical publication “Heute” from January 7th, 2013 with the headline “This mother has agonised for 531 days over her children” and the portrayal of the custody dispute and the relationship of the applicant to his children reproduced therein, a medium relating to the applicant Dr. Michael Schiesinger discussed and presented his very personal area of ​​life in a way that is not suitable for exposing the applicant in public. The opponent of the application, AHVV Verlags GmbH, was ordered to pay compensation according to § 7 paragraph 1 MedienG to the applicant Dr. Michael SCHLESINGER and sentenced to reimbursement of costs Vienna Regional Court for Criminal Matters, Dept. 093. on June 27th, 2013″

Analysis: The “Heute” was ordered to pay costs to Dr Schlesinger on the basis that their coverage was an invasion of his privacy. There is no suggestion that anything printed in the original article was not factually accurate.

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