Kristine Misane released after serving two-month sentence in Riga jail

  • 2020-04-20
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Kristine Misane, a Latvian national wanted in South Africa for kidnapping her child and other alleged offenses, is being released from a jail in Riga where she was kept in detention following her return to Latvia, Justice Minister Janis Bordans (New Conservative Party, JKP) informed. 

Laura Majevska, a spokeswoman for the Prosecutor General's Office, told LETA that the defendant had reached a settlement with the prosecution on her sentence. 

Riga City Vidzeme District Court approved the settlement and found the defendant guilty, sentencing her to two months in jail. Misane was sentenced for avoiding to comply with a court ruling concerning child custody rights, care rights and access rights, and for making and using counterfeit documents for personal gains. The prosecution, however, dropped the charges of illegal activities  with financial instruments and means of payment.

The time Misane had spent in custody in Denmark, as well as the time spent in the Latvian jail from February 20 to April 20, was counted into her sentence. Misane's detention is ending today as she has served her sentence. 

Misane was held in Denmark since late 2018 after she was detained on an arrest warrant issued by South African authorities. Denmark had decided earlier to extradite Misane to South Africa, but the extradition was postponed three times and eventually, the woman was turned over to Latvia. 

To secure Misane's extradition to Latvia instead of South Africa, Latvian authorities received from Misane's representatives the woman's written confession, based on which the Riga prosecutor's office opened a criminal process in which Misane was declared a suspect in connection with the offenses allegedly committed in South Africa.

Denmark was promptly informed about the criminal process started against Misane in Latvia and the Danish authorities eventually decided to extradite her to Latvia.

LETA also reported, Misane met a citizen of 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.