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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Case set to be dropped against parents who took brain tumour son from hospital to Spain

Published 02/09/2014 | 16:41

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Undated video grab taken from a video posted on YouTube by Naveed King showing Bret King with his son Ashya and explaning why he was taken by his parents from hospital without doctors' consent
Undated video grab taken from a video posted on YouTube by Naveed King showing Bret King with his son Ashya and explaning why he was taken by his parents from hospital without doctors' consent
Undated video grab taken from a video posted on YouTube by Naveed King showing him holding up a food package saying that his brother Ashya had enough food after he was taken by his parents from hospital without doctors' consent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday August 31, 2014. Ashya's father, Brett King, said the family, stopped by police in Spain last night, was hoping to get to the Czech Republic, having been dismayed by attempts to treat his son on the NHS at Southampton General Hospital. See PA story POLICE Boy. Photo credit should read: Naveed King/YouTube/PA Wire

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Undated video grab taken from a video posted on YouTube by Naveed King showing him holding up a food package saying that his brother Ashya had enough food after he was taken by his parents from hospital without doctors' consent
Undated handout file photo issued by Hampshire Police of Ashya King
Undated handout file photo issued by Hampshire Police of Ashya King

The parents of brain tumour patient Ashya King appear set to be reunited with their son after prosecutors dropped the case against them.

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Brett and Naghmeh King will face no further action after taking the five-year-old from Southampton General Hospital last Thursday, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

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A Spanish National Police officer stands beside a Civil Guard's van that Naghemeh and Brett, parents of seriously ill Ashya King, 5, left in, at the Spanish High Court in Madrid September 1, 2014. Ashya was taken from a British hospital earlier this week by his parents, which caused a major hunt amid fears his life could be at risk. The boy, who is suffering from a brain tumour, and his parents were located in a hotel near the city of Malaga, Spanish police said in a statement on Twitter, adding that he had been transferred to a hospital and his parents had been arrested. REUTERS/Sergio Perez  (SPAIN - Tags: CRIME LAW SOCIETY HEALTH)
A Spanish National Police officer stands beside a Civil Guard's van that Naghemeh and Brett, parents of seriously ill Ashya King, 5, left in, at the Spanish High Court in Madrid September 1, 2014

But the couple, who have been detained in Spain since they were arrested on Saturday, appear to be facing another night apart from their son, with the next hearing in their case likely to be held in Madrid tomorrow.

The decision to seek the withdrawal of the European arrest warrant that sparked the pursuit of the parents emerged during a hearing at the High Court in London today and came amid a growing clamour for the family to be reunited.

16 year old Ethan Dallas, friend of the family of brain tumour patient Ashya King, delivers a petition of over 100,000 names calling for his parents release from a Spanish jail in Madrid
16 year old Ethan Dallas, friend of the family of brain tumour patient Ashya King, delivers a petition of over 100,000 names calling for his parents release from a Spanish jail in Madrid

Lawyers representing the CPS and Portsmouth City Council told Mr Justice Baker of the plan at the start of a hearing in the Family Division.

In a statement following the hearing, the CPS said: "The CPS is currently taking steps to withdraw the European arrest warrants in relation to Brett and Naghemeh King.

"No further action will be taken against Mr and Mrs King and we are now in the process of communicating this decision to the Spanish authorities so that they can be reunited with their son as soon as possible."

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."

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