Rinkevics, EC vice president discuss possible legal instruments to resolve Misane's case

  • 2020-02-17
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics during the meeting with the Vice President of the European Commission (EC), Vera Jourova, raised the issue of the case of the Latvian national, Kristine Misane, LETA learned from the Latvian Foreign Ministry. 

The Minister informed the EC Vice President about latest developments with regard to Misane and they discussed possible legal instruments to resolve her case.

The ministry does not elaborate on the issue.

The two officials also discussed EC plans concerning the strengthening of the rule of law and the fight against disinformation. Rinkevics expressed appreciation for the EC Vice President's commitment to fighting disinformation and confirmed that Latvia will continue contributing actively to this field by sharing its experience. Foreign Minister Rinkevics noted that self-regulation by technology companies and online platforms cannot be considered effective; therefore, solutions should be sought to establish the responsibility of those companies in countering disinformation.

Rinkevics invited the European Commission Vice President to visit Latvia to get acquainted with the work accomplished by the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence and its future plans of tackling disinformation.  

As reported, a Danish regional court last Friday decided to keep Latvian national Kristine Misane in custody. Misane is charged with abducting her own child in South Africa.

LETA also reported that Misane met a citizen of the South Africa in 2011 and they had a daughter four years later. However, conflicts began between the two parents, which were initially financially motivated. The man then unilaterally decided to end the relationship and began to abuse both Misane and two minors in the family.

Fearing for the safety and lives of herself and her children, in Misane returned to Latvia in May 2018. In December 2018, Misane went on a business trip through Copenhagen to Mozambique, but was detained while crossing the border because she was wanted by Interpol. South Africa had told Interpol that Misane was wanted for kidnapping a minor. Now the woman is facing a fifteen-year prison sentence in South Africa.