A British mother has released a harrowing video in which her daughter is kidnapped and bundled in a car in Libya as she struggles to take her kidnapped children home.
Tanya Borg's two daughters were kidnapped by their father in 2015 and taken to Libya, where they have been held by his conservative Islamic family since then.
Ms. Borg, who had received custody from both British and Libyan courts, flew to Tripoli last May to rescue 20-year-old Angel and 9-year-old Maya.
When Angel tried to escape to join her mother, a group of men intercepted her, forced her into a car, and drove her away. No sister has been seen since then.
The dramatic footage shows Angel screaming for help before being pushed into the passenger seat of a battered Mercedes while her mother asks for mercy.
Ms. Borg from Wiltshire then stood in front of the car to prevent it from driving off before being dragged away by thugs and the Mercedes sped off.
When she returned to the UK, the pre-school teacher showed the video to the police, but was unable to persuade the officials to investigate. "It's unbearable," she said to MailOnline. “The police just shrug their shoulders. I can't get my girls back alone. & # 39;
Tanya Borg (center) and her daughters Angel (left) and Maya (right), who were kidnapped
Ms. Borg, 41, is fighting for the Wiltshire police to reopen her case, which they have not investigated
Mohammed El Zubaidy, the girl's father, on the left, and Khadija Ahmed Abdusallam, the girl's grandmother, who is holding her in Libya, on the right
The shocking footage, which was recorded exclusively by MailOnline, will put pressure on the British authorities to reopen the case.
In a survey, the Wiltshire police said that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) advised them not to pursue the 2018 case, and that the police continued to act on this basis.
However, the CPS said that the police had not submitted a "full file with material" to make a proper fee decision and that the 2018 council was only an "early investigative council".
Ms. Borg, 41, said from her Wiltshire home: “It feels like the police just don't take my case seriously.
“My girls have been in Libya for five years and I have been given custody in both the UK and Libya.
Both girls are forced to wear a hijab, even Maya, who is only eight years old. They are treated very badly and have no quality of life. They both miss their mother.
“All that has to happen is that police officers take their grandmother's girls and bring them back to the UK.
& # 39; With enough willpower, this would certainly be possible. British officials could pressurize the Libyans to help. But nobody wants to know. The police have closed the case. "
She added: “The video shows that my children are being held against their will. My older daughter is 20 and she should be free to live her own life.
Instead, she is held captive. She can't go out alone and can't even cook. It has had no life. It is heartbreaking.
"My younger daughter was only three years old when she was kidnapped and she adapted, but she needs her mom and she is very confused.
"Why isn't the police acting? Why doesn't anyone care? They are missing people. They are British nationals who have been kidnapped abroad and are leaving. That does not make sense. "
A still image from the video, in which Angel is circled, is bundled into a car and driven away
Angel (left) and Maya (right) have been held by their father's family in Libya since 2015
The nine-year-old Maya is the only girl who wears a hijab on this school photo taken in Libya
Ms. Borg is trying to put pressure on the British authorities to investigate the case and is her daughter, who has been detained in Libya for five years and is native to the UK
Mohammed El Zubaidy, the father of the girls, on the left and Tanya Borg, flanked by Angel and Maya, on the right
The five-year ordeal began when Ms. Borg's Libyan-born husband Mohammed El Zubaidy (41) took her three children – the two girls and her brother Malik – on vacation to Tunisia in 2015.
Once there, however, he secretly took her across the border to Libya to live with his pious Muslim family and ignored Ms. Borg's requests to take her home.
The children were placed in the care of their strictly Islamic grandmother, Khadija Ahmed Abdusallam, who forced her to call her "mother".
A year later, Mr. El Zubaidy returned to the UK with her son and left him with his mother. But he refused to return her daughters, contrary to a High Court order, which granted Ms. Borg full custody.
As a result, he was given two consecutive sentences. Now free and living in London, he continues to refuse to work together on Angel and Maya's return to the UK.
Khadija Ahmed Abdusallam, the grandmother of the girls who holds her in Libya
In 2018, the CPS advised the police not to indict Mr. El Zubaidy.
According to documents at the time, the CPS said it would "achieve nothing" and asked whether it was a kidnapping or "significant delays in the return (of the children)".
The advice, however, was not based on a complete document of evidence and was only intended as a first guide.
In addition, the CPS only examined whether Mr. El Zubaidy should be charged, not trying to take the children back from her grandmother.
There was also no advice on whether Interpol should be involved.
A CPS spokesman said: “In 2018, the Wiltshire Police CPS gave early investigative advice.
"We have not received a full file of material for an indictment, in which case we will examine whether there is sufficient evidence to prove a crime and whether it is in the public interest."
The Wiltshire police have consistently refused to investigate the apparent kidnapping and only offered "support and assistance" because Ms. Borg endured the nightmare of having her children taken away from her.
Ms. Borg has now launched a crowdfunding appeal to raise the money to save her daughters herself.
The preschool teacher said: "If I had £ 100,000 I could have got it back five years ago. I could have paid for private detectives.
"I walked through the yard and anything but skin." I have nothing, I have no money, I cannot fight it alone. I need help. My children need help.
"My eldest daughter is locked up in the house. She will be 21 next year and have had no life. Other people in Libya do normal things, go to college, go to school. She is not allowed to do any of this.
"My younger one went to school because she knows nothing else, she just adjusts. I'm worried that she'll forget me in the end."
Ms. Borg first met Mr. El Zubaidy when she was 18 years old in Malta, where the two lived and worked. On her father's side, she is half Maltese. They were married in 2000.
Before the kidnapping, Ms. Borg and 41-year-old El Zubaidy, a factory worker, lived a comfortable life in Pewsey, Wiltshire and had three children.
As the children grew older, Mr. El Zubaidy became increasingly controlling and wanted them to live according to Islamic cultural traditions, Ms. Borg said.
The mother of three children has asked the Federal Foreign Office for support several times. The British embassy in Libya was closed in 2015 when the country went into civil war.
A spokesman for the Wiltshire Police said: “An investigation in 2018 showed that no further action was taken on the matter on the recommendation of the CPS.
"We understand and sympathize with Ms. Borg's situation and the plight she has been through. However, the civil procedure has been handled by the High Court and there is currently no ongoing Wiltshire Police investigation."
A spokesman for the Federal Foreign Office added: “We are in contact with the mother of two British children in Libya and her lawyer. This is a complex case and we offer support wherever we can. However, our consular activities in Libya remain suspended due to the volatile security situation. "
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