Judge criticises ‘disgraceful’ man who abducted Portsmouth children

Usama Al Barwani's behaviour was described as disgraceful by a judge

Usama Al Barwani's behaviour was described as disgraceful by a judge

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A former bank worker who refuses to return his children to their Portsmouth mother has behaved wickedly, a High Court judge said.

Mr Justice Moor said Usama Al Barwani’s behaviour was disgraceful.

It is rare that a court is faced with a father who can behave so wickedly towards his children

Mr Justice Moor

Al-Barwani was condemned during the latest phase of family court litigation relating to his daughter Aishah, 10, and son Faris, seven.

The judge has heard that Al Barwani is serving a four-year jail term after being convicted of abducting the children and taking them abroad following the breakdown of his relationship with their mother.

He has been told that the youngsters were taken abroad three years ago and are thought to be in Oman with Al Barwani’s relatives.

Al-Barwani’s former partner Lacey Plato, 32, of Portsmouth, has begun action in the Family Division of the High Court in a bid to get her children back.

And Mr Justice Moor analysed a number of legal issues during the latest phase of that litigation at a hearing in London on Wednesday.

‘His behaviour has been disgraceful and continues to be disgraceful,’ said Mr Justice Moor.

‘It is rare that a court is faced with a father who can behave so wickedly towards his children.

‘This court has nothing but shame.’

He added: ‘We need to get these children back.’

Lacey has previously pleaded to the prime minister David Cameron for help.

But Al Barwani told The News in 2013 it was a matter for him and Lacey to solve.

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