Man accused of abducting his two children is indicted

THE BALTIMORE SUN

An Iranian national accused of abducting his two children from Westminster in 1990 and taking them to Iran was indicted yesterday by a Carroll County grand jury.

The panel returned a four-count indictment against Hossein Nasri Ghajari, who remains free on unsecured bond.

The indictment charges him with two counts of child abduction and two counts of interstate child abduction.

Mr. Ghajari, 52, was arrested in New York last month and returned to Carroll County to be tried on abduction charges filed years ago in District Court.

He was released Aug. 16 on $2,500 unsecured bond.

After his release, he returned to New York.

On Aug. 23, police reported, he walked into the state's attorney's office in Westminster and was served by city police with an order to show cause why his bond should not be revoked.

Mr. Ghajari -- described as a struggling playwright -- is charged with taking his children from Westminster in 1990 after he and the children's mother, Homayou Tajalibakhsh, were divorced. The children were 7 and 5 at the time.

The children's mother had been granted custody. She retrieved them from Iran.

The indictments transfer the case from District to Circuit Court. An initial appearance is set for Nov. 16.

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