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Elian Gonzalez Case: Justice to Submit Letter Informing Miami Relatives of Wednesday Transfer to Boy's FatherAired April 7, 2000 - 9:33 a.m. ET
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DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: And now our breaking development in the Elian Gonzalez story. We're learning more about the contents of a letter that has been sent to Elian Gonzalez's great uncle in Miami.
With more on that and what might be in that letter, let's go to our Pierre Thomas, who is standing outside the Justice Department in Washington, D.C.
PIERRE THOMAS, CNN JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT: Daryn, the Justice Department is preparing a letter that should be submitted to the family sometime this afternoon. We're told in that letter, the family will be informed that effective Wednesday of next week, midweek next week, that custody of the boy will be transferred to the father.
We're also told that, within a few days, another letter will be sent that will give them specific instructions on the time, place, and location of the transfer.
So the Justice Department is moving forward. They are drafting the letter as we speak.
Again, Wednesday of next week, the temporary care of the child would be transferred to the father. They also would receive another letter some time over the next few days informing them of the place and time of the transfer.
So more details are emerging, the Justice Department is moving forward. Again, the question is: How will the family respond? Will they voluntarily comply? Daryn.
KAGAN: So, Pierre, this will be a change of the mood that has taken place since Juan Miguel Gonzalez arrived here in this country, the idea is talks and negotiations are over and now the Justice Department is saying: Look, this is how it's going to work?
THOMAS: Exactly. The deputy attorney general of the United States, Eric Holder, yesterday said that the father arriving in the United States fundamentally changed the dynamics of the situation. Now that the father is here, the Justice Department wants to move this process forward expeditiously. The question again is: How will the family respond? If they do not respond, we are told the Justice Department would be prepared to go to court to seek a court order to force the family to comply. Again, would the family honor the court order? They say they will. But it's not known exactly how quickly they might comply.
KAGAN: Pierre Thomas, outside the Justice Department, thank you very much for reporting that development.
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