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Portsmouth City Council leader joins calls for Ashya King’s parents’ release

Ashya King

Ashya King

 

THE leader of Portsmouth City Council has joined mounting calls for brain tumour patient Ashya King’s parents to be freed.

Tory councillor Donna Jones has urged the Crown Prosecution Service to review the case ‘urgently’ so the five-year-old’s parents can be reunited with him.

It comes as Brett and Naghemeh King, who were arrested in Spain after Ashya was taken from Southampton General Hospital without doctors’ consent, have spent another night away from him.

A judge in Madrid ruled that they must be held for up to 72 hours while the court considers whether to grant a British extradition request.

Cllr Jones (pictured) said: ‘Like others who have been watching this upsetting case unfolding in the media, I have been moved by the plight of the King family and am most concerned about Ashya.

‘I believe what he needs now is to be with his family.

‘That’s why I am urging the CPS to urgently review the case involving Ashya King’s parents and remove any extradition proceedings, so the family can be reunited with their five-year-old son.’

She added: ‘As Ashya is now receiving medical care, I believe the priority should be to reunite him with his family and resolve this distressing situation and I will be doing what I can to ensure that happens.’

The council made an application to make Ashya a temporary ward of court on Friday at the request of the hospital.

This resulted in a court order directing that he should be taken to the nearest appropriate hospital, Cllr Jones said.

She added: ‘I am clear the council was correct in its actions.

‘As Ashya is now receiving medical care, I believe the priority should be to reunite him with his family and resolve this distressing situation and I will be doing what I can to ensure that happens.’

A hearing will take place at the High Court in London at 2.30pm today to review Ashya’s wardship.

 

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