Leeds mum Naomi Button is preparing for another Christmas without her little girl.
Elsa Salama - now seven - is thought to be in Egypt with members of her Egyptian father’s family.
But a High Court judge was yesterday told that the youngster’s whereabouts still remained unknown. Elsa’s mother Naomi Button, a leadership consultant from Leeds who is in her 40s, began family court litigation after Tamer Salama, a teacher in his 30s who comes from Southampton, Hampshire, took the little girl in December 2011.
Mr Salama was jailed by a judge, for breaching High Court orders to arrange Elsa’s return to England or to reveal where she was, in January 2012. He was released after a judge ruled in December 2013 that continuing to keep him in prison would not be justifiable.
A lawyer representing Ms Button said Elsa was thought to be in Egypt with Mr Salama’s relatives at an undisclosed location. Mark Jarman said Ms Button had begun having Skype conversations with Elsa - arranged with the help of Mr Salama.
And that Arabic had become Elsa’s predominant language.