Saturday 22 July 2017

Ashya's family banned from visits as parents await hearing

Gordon Rayner

THE parents of Ashya King will remain in custody in Spain for at least another day after a judge postponed their extradition hearing to gather more documents about the case.

Brett and Naghemeh King have been told they could be behind bars until Thursday after the judge in Madrid said it could take another 72 hours before all the papers are gathered.

The judge has asked for more documentation about Ashya's medical care, and for translations of documents handed to the court by Mr and Mrs King.

Ashya, aged five, remains under police guard in a hospital in Malaga, where he is being treated for a brain tumour after his parents took him out of a hospital in Southampton without his doctors' consent and caught a ferry to the continent.

It emerged yesterday that Portsmouth City Council made Ashya a ward of court on Friday, the day after he left the hospital, after telling a High Court judge he was in "serious danger".

His entire family, including his six siblings, are banned from visiting him in hospital in Spain.

Hampshire Police are seeking the Kings' extradition on suspicion of neglecting their son, but the Kings have insisted they took Ashya to Spain because they want him to have proton beam therapy, a treatment denied them by University Hospital Southampton.

They have won backing from Downing Street, after David Cameron made it clear he believes they are only trying to "do the very best for their child".

Mr Cameron's own son Ivan, who suffered from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, died at the age of six in 2009.

The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman said: "I think people up and down the country will understand and be moved by the grave illness from which Ashya is suffering. The priority must be that he receives the most appropriate care.

"Parental instincts are to do the very best for your child. The priority here is the little boy's health. It is also understandable that the relevent authorities take an interest in cases."

The Kings say they went to Spain to sign documents as part of the sale of a property they own there so they could afford the £90,000 it will cost for Ashya to have the proton beam therapy.

They took matters into their own hands after doctors told them their son had just four months to live.

Ashya's brother Naveed said: "We're not allowed to go and see Ashya at all. There is police standing outside his hospital room. We are not allowed to go and see him. We have tried to call the hospital but they are not revealing any information at all to us. Including taking care of all the kids, we're having to do the research ourselves to find out information. We're not getting anyone knocking on our door to tell us everything is OK. We've got lots of support from friends."

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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