MEP calls for the release of Ashya King’s parents

Ashya King and his mother Naghemeh
Ashya King and his mother Naghemeh

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AN MEP has called for the release of Portsmouth boy Ashya King’s parents.

Janice Atkinson, South East MEP, said Brett and Naghemeh King should be released immediately after they were arrested.

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The pair had taken their five-year-old son from hospital to Spain. He has a brain tumour.

The Ukip politician said: ‘I am appalled that Ashya’s parents have been arrested, this little boy needs his mother at this time.

‘I call on the home secretary to contact the Spanish authorities so that Ashya’s parents are released immediately.

‘Then she should ask the Assistant Chief Constable of Hampshire, Chris Shead why he “made no apology for the police being proactive” to find Ashya.

‘Then I would ask her whether she now thinks that pernicious European Arrest Warrant works in the hands of over-zealous policemen in the interests of British citizens?’

Ms Atkinson sits on European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.

It comes as Spanish police arrested the boy’s parents on Saturday.

They are to face legal proceedings today and face possible extradition.

A European Arrest Warrant was issued and Ashya’s parents were arrested over alleged maltreatment of a child.

The arrest ended a major international search effort after the boy was taken from Southampton General Hospital at 2.15pm on Thursday.

Hampshire police launched a huge appeal saying the boy was taken without consent.

Ashya’s brother Naveed King, 20, has defended his parents and his grandmother Patricia has criticised police over the hunt.