Judge criticises father who abducted children

Have your say

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.

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

The judge 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 Southsea, 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,’ he said.

Lacey has previously pleaded to Prime Minister David Cameron for help.

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