But on February 12 his supporters posted a video online giving his side of the story, which can be watched above. Titled "A father's cry for justice" it is in English and sees Grobler strenuously denying the various charges made against him by his former partner that have seen him depicted as a thug and worse in some parts of the Latvian media. Instead it is Misāne who is described as "violent" and emotionally unstable.
The video calls for her to be returned to South Africa from Denmark, where she was detained in transit, to stand trial for kidnapping, document forgery and other offenses.
Meanwhile Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (Development/For!) said on social media he had raised the extradition case with the Danish Defense Minister, asking for Misāne's release at a meeting of NATO defense ministers, despite extradition cases not normally being part of the defense brief unless it involves military personnel.
Nupat atgādināju un izskaidroju Dānijas aizsardzības ministrei Trine Bramsen par nepieciešamību atbrīvot Kristīni Misāni.— Artis Pabriks (@Pabriks) February 12, 2020
In the most extreme intervention of the day, Saeima Deputy Martins Bondars (Development/For!) was reported to have suggested ending cooperation with the Danish ambassador to Latvia, an idea which was quickly dismissed as unhelpful by the Foreign Ministry.