Follow ruling on custody, Australian actress told

KUALA LUMPUR - Australian actress Eliza Szonert was released from police custody on condition that she and her former partner abide by the original custody ruling set by an Australian court.

Szonert, 42, was arrested on Monday after she snatched the boy from businessman Ashley Crick in a restaurant here on Dec 10.

Brickfields OCPD Asst Comm Sharul Othman Mansor said the Australian Federal Circuit Court had ruled that both parents get equal custody.

"However, the recent turn of events have complicated the issue and the deputy public prosecutor has decided that it is in the best interest of the child that both parents present themselves and the boy to the Australian High Commission and agree to follow the original ruling," he said yesterday.

He said that the six-year-old boy would be checked by a paediatrician and the matter would be left to the High Commission and the lawyers of both sides.

Szonert had alleged that Crick had refused to let her have her passport and that of their son.

Crick, 43, had lodged a police report over the snatching where Szonert, along with two men from a child recovery agency, took the boy away from him.

She was released yesterday after her remand order expired.

It is believed that the boy was being cared for by Szonert's mother Kay while she was in custody.

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