Ashya's mum and dad free as charges are dropped in UK
Published 03/09/2014 | 02:30
The parents of brain tumour patient Ashya King were released in Spain, according to family members last night.
The five-year-old's brother Danny said that Brett and Naghmeh King were released from prison in Madrid without any charges. He said that he had been speaking to his parents by phone.
"They don't understand why there's so many people outside, so many reporters," he said. "None of us thought this would be international news."
He added: "They are just happy that they can go and see Ashya."
Asked if Ashya would go to Prague now for treatment, he said: "I don't know, because we've had different offers from treatment centres in America, my parents haven't been able to look at that, at the end of the day it's their decision which centre they will be able to get that treatment."
Asked how he was feeling, he said: "I'm in shock, at the moment, we've been waiting so long for this moment to come, and it's finally come."
The National Court in Madrid said in a statement that a judge had decided to free the couple after British authorities dropped the case against them.
Another brother, Naveed, said on Facebook: BREAKING NEWS: My parents are now free! SPREAD THE WORD! WOW THIS IS AMAZING! SO OVERJOYED! WOW!
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) had said it was seeking the withdrawal of the European arrest warrant that sparked the pursuit of the parents, who were arrested in Spain on Saturday after taking Ashya from Southampton General Hospital in England last Thursday. The next hearing in the case had been likely to take place tomorrow.
The CPS said it had arranged with Southampton Magistrates Court for proceedings to be dropped and the arrest warrants discharged.
Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the move, saying: "I welcome the prosecution against Ashya King's parents being dropped. It's important this little boy gets treatment and the love of his family."
Simon Hayes, police and crime commissioner for Hampshire, said he would seek assurances about the "quality of the information" provided by the hospital to police.
He said: "In light of today's announcement by the CPS, I now need to be assured as to the quality of the information given by Southampton General Hospital to Hampshire Constabulary.