NASHVILLE, Tenn. - There's been a major setback for a Franklin father who was locked up in a Japanese jail, accused of trying to abduct the children who were abducted from Tennessee.
Prosecutors in Fukuoka, Japan, have decided to hold Christopher Savoie another 10 days while they decide what to do with his case. That's the word from the U.S. Consulate in Fukuoka.
Tracy Taylor, the consulate's public affairs officer, told NewsChannel 5 via email, that U.S. officials met with Savoie again Friday, but she did not elaborate on his condition. Prosecutors must decide at the end of this second 10-day hold whether to indict him or release him.
Savoie was arrested last week after he grabbed his children -- Isaac and Rebecca -- as they walked to school.
The kids had been abducted to Japan by his ex-wife, Noriko, in violation of court orders from Williamson County. Franklin police issued a warrant for her arrest, but Japan does not recognize child support orders from other countries.
Savoie's current wife, Amy, had hoped the Japanese government would let her husband go free on a day that hold special significance for Isaac.
"Oct. 9 is Isaac's birthday," Amy Savoie said. "He's going to be 9 years old on Oct. 9, and we were telling him it's going to be his lucky year, because Oct. 9 and he's going to be 9 years old and it's 2009.
"So I think during Isaac's lucky year he would not want his father to be in jail."
The latest development comes amid reports that Savoie may have consulted with the U.S. government prior to launching his daring mission to return his children.
Watch NewsChannel 5 today for all the latest developments.
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