Tamil Diplomat

Israeli woman and baby kept at airport in DNA case

An Israeli woman and a baby who returned from Sri Lanka have been kept at Tel Aviv airport since Saturday amid questions over the child’s origins.

Galit Nakash is to take a DNA test to determine if the girl is her biological daughter, following a court hearing. If the results are negative, authorities say they will return the child to Sri Lanka straight away.

Ms Nakash was stopped when airport officials found she had used another child’s passport to leave Sri Lanka. She says she gave birth at a hospital in Sri Lanka during a business trip but that her visa application for the baby, named Tahel, was turned down.

On Tuesday a court in Tel Aviv accepted her request to undergo a DNA test in Israel. Ms Nakash’s lawyer, Matan Hodorov, said his client and the one-year-old child are being moved to a facility at Ayalon prison in Ramle until the results of the test are known on Friday.

Mr Hodorov said Ms Nakash, 49, turned down an Israeli request to take a DNA test while she was in Sri Lanka because she did not trust the process there. He said when Ms Nakash, who runs an export business and comes from Tel Aviv, re-entered Israel, the passport she used for Tahel carried the name of a different child.(BBC,2015)