The heartbreaking story of a father who has been prevented from seeing his daughter for years. Now that he could do it, it’s too late.
Unfortunately, there are many stories like that of Orazio Olivari, an accountant from Brescia who, for years, could not see his daughter Gloria. The child had been taken overseas by her mother.
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Eleven years ago, Orazio, returning home – an apartment in an elegant building in the historic center of Brescia – was no longer able to open the door of his house. The ex had him, without telling him anything did change the locks. And it was in that way that the man had to acknowledge that the relationship with his daughter’s mother – who was just 5 years old in her time – was over. But the real tragedy was not that because even at the end of a story one can certainly survive. The drama for Horace began when his ex-partner decided to leave for Montecarlo taking the little one with her. The woman turned to Monegasque justice, asking for sole custody of the daughter. In parallel, Orazio moved through the Italian courts, which proved him right in every level of judgment: Gloria had to return to Italy and her ex-partner was sentenced to 14 months of detention without parole for child abduction.
But things weren’t that simple. Gloria never returned to Italy and her father, during these long eleven years, was able to see her only in the presence of social workers in a protected structure. The man does not give up and, through his lawyers, he also turned to the highest leaders of the Principality of Monaco who confirmed a fear of the Brescian accountant: his ex was legally and economically protected by a sect and the judges of Monaco they didn’t want to have trouble with that kind of people. Years go by, Horace gets older and falls ill with Parkinson’s, with a very sudden progression. Gloria becomes a restless teenager and even attempt suicide. Orazio’s lawyers – interviewed by Fanpage – explained: “We learned that you tried to cut the veins in your wrists and for this reason you were hospitalized. Previously she had also tried to jump from the second floor, but her mother had kept Horace in the dark about all this ”.
The only positive note: justice takes its course and the two jurisdictions – Italian and Monegasque – find one joint custody agreement: Gloria stays to live in Monte Carlo, but can visit her father during the holidays. However by now he is too ill to be able to take care of his daughter, she can hardly move. And, on the other hand, the girl doesn’t even speak Italian anymore. The two now they are like strangers. Horace, desperate, was able to comment only: “All this makes me feel bad as dad makes me cry and I know I could die any day”.
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