Ashya King’s parents fear injunction on UK return

Ashya King
Ashya King

Residents in south east ‘in hibernation’

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THE parents of Ashya King want assurances they won’t be gagged when they return to the UK.

Brett and Naghemeh King, of Southsea, fled with their five-year-old son Ashya, who has a brain tumour, after disagreeing with the treatment he was getting in Southampton General Hospital.

Ashya has had proton beam therapy in Prague, and is now recovering at the family’s holiday home in Spain.

But his parents contacted their MP Mike Hancock, independent for Portsmouth South, over concerns the NHS could seek an injunction stopping them from speaking out about the treatment Ashya would get once they return to the country.

Mr Hancock contacted MP John Hemming, Lib Dem for Birmingham Yardley, due to his experience of dealing with such cases, who in turn has written to Portsmouth City Council and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

He said he wanted a promise that the family would not be gagged if legal action was taken.

Mr Hemming said: ‘The family has been protected by publicity. This would stop everything happening in secret.

‘It’s the family’s decision when they would return, but we are looking for some reassurances.’

The letter was sent last week, but Mr Hemming said he is yet to receive a response from either party.

Mr King told ITV: ‘If they ever try to take Ashya away that would kill us.

‘Till things are established with what’s going to happen with Ashya, we feel too scared to return.’