SUPPORTERS of brain tumour patient Ashya King have delivered a 126,000 signature petition to Downing Street calling for his parents’ immediate release from custody.
The document calls on Prime Minister David Cameron to ensure Brett and Naghemeh King are freed to find alternative treatment for their five-year-old son.
Ethan Dallas, 16, a close friend of Ashya’s brother Naveed, 20, set up the online petition and today handed the petition in at Number 10 with his uncle and family friend Sanjay Ganatra.
Speaking outside Number 10, Ethan said: ‘I think the parents deserve recognition for what they have done. They have made a massive step to help the child and they themselves are being neglected, not Ashya.’
Mr Ganatra said: ‘The sole objective today is to get the parents reunited [with Ashya].’
As reported, the couple are being held by police in Madrid after removing Ashya from hospital in Southampton and travelling to Spain while a Spanish court decides whether to grant a British extradition request.
A hearing was due to be held at the family court this afternoon.
Ashya, who has a brain tumour, is under police guard about 330 miles away at Materno-Infantil hospital in Malaga.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said the fact Mr and Mrs King remain separated from their son following their arrest on Saturday fills him with ‘horror’ and has joined growing calls for them to be reunited.
The Crown Prosecution Service has said the case is under ‘Immediate review.’