THE parents of seriously-ill Ashya King will be kept in police custody for a maximum of 72 hours, a judge has ruled.
Brett and Naghemeh King, who took the five-year-old from Southampton General Hospital on Friday, appeared at Madrid’s National Court today.
The couple were arrested in Malaga on Saturday after leaving the country with Ashya - who has a brain tumour – and his six siblings on Thursday.
A spokesman at the National Court said the judge ruled the couple must be held while the court considers whether to grant Britain an extradition request.
The judge could have opted to let the parents to go free while the case is considered.
The spokesman said Ashya King’s parents told the judge they do not want to return to the UK.
They were arrested after a European arrest warrant was issued by Hampshire police.
The spokesman said the legal process also involves requesting the advice of Spanish doctors and translating legal documents deemed pertinent to the case.