Franco Frattini left us at the age of 65 on the 24th of December; It is always the best one who leave. At the State Funeral at the Basilica of the Holy Apostles in Rome everyone was particularly sorry, they expressed particular esteem for the political and deep affection for the man he was. Frattini has always been one of the politicians most loved and respected by voters and colleagues for his humanity and efficiency.
I too, as a private investigator of the investigative agency Octopus, which deals with the recovery of children abducted abroad by foreign parents, remember a particularly sensitive and reactive Farnesina during Franco Frattini’s terms of office.
The problem of children abducted in international separations has been ignored for years, leaving alone many Italians, victims of these abuses: both innocent minors and their parents defrauded of their role. Often the only solution has been the investigative agency or individual private investigator specialized in locating and exfiltrating young victims of kidnapping.
Then, it was thought that international agreements could solve this kind of injustice, forgetting that local laws and jurisdictions, influenced by unhealthy nationalism, would prevail over any agreement. The only way to defeat these national resistances is to intervene quickly, which the Farnesina has always lacked. I have to admit that the situation improved when Franco Frattini was Foreign Minister, even if everything then went back to the old dullness.
Recently, some officers in charge of assisting children robbed of their childhood and fathers or mothers defrauded of their parenthood (who later became clients of my investigative agency Octopus), instead of doing their job, have merely expressed resentment, citing the so-called “wife and oxen of your countries”.
Over the years of my own investigative agency Octopus, I have convinced myself that in cases of children abduction it is the concern and sense of responsibility of the official in charge that makes the difference. Recently a Consul abroad, intolerant to work, in order not to wear himself out and disdaining the international agreements of the AIA, proved right a parent who had kidnapped his minor child, arguing against all common sense that by now the child had settled and had spontaneously cancelled eight years of happy childhood in Italy after only a few months forced abroad.
When my investigative agency Octopus in Milan deals with the location and exfiltration of abducted children, I wish there were more people like Franco Frattini at the Farnesina and among the Consular Officers.