Pedophile link possible: inquest

A CALL to Lebanon in the hours leading up to the abduction of a Sydney toddler could hold the key to her disappearance, a coronial inquest has heard.

Rahma El-Dennaoui was taken from her home in November 2005.

An inquest into her death began in NSW Coroner's Court on Tuesday.

In his opening address counsel assisting the coroner Robert Bromwich said a phone call traced from Lebanon may have "predicted" Rahma's abduction.

He also suggested investigations were continuing into whether the abduction of the 19-month-old could be linked to an international pedophile ring.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Nicholas Sedgwick confirmed police were investigating links to pedophiles who were known for their involvement in similar cases.

The court heard CCTV footage of Sydney Airport was reviewed following Rahma's disappearance, but police were unable to determine if she was taken out of the country.

According to police reports Rahma was last seen by her father Hosayn El-Dennaoui when he put her to bed about 2am on November 10.

It was also Mr El-Dennaoui who phoned 000 after discovering his daughter was missing.

When police conducted an extensive search of the home, backyard and surrounding area, officers found the wire covering the window above the bed in which Rahma had slept had been cut at both ends.

They also found firearms and a spot of Rahma's blood in the bedroom, but nothing that could be connected to her disappearance, the inquest was told.

On Tuesday afternoon Rahma's mother Alyaa, who now has 12 children, took to the stand.

When asked if Rahma had been placed in a different bed to where she normally slept on the night she was taken, Ms El-Dennaoui said "yes".

She was also questioned about her relationship with her husband's family from Lebanon, their visits to Australia and the unique birth-mark on Rahma's shoulder.

Last week the NSW Government offered a $250,000 reward for information about Rahma's disappearance.

The inquest is expected to finish on Thursday.



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