Portsmouth MP to raise abduction case with Prime Minister

FAMILY Aishah and Faris Al Barwani with their mother Lacey Plato
FAMILY Aishah and Faris Al Barwani with their mother Lacey Plato
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AN MP says she’ll talk to the Prime Minister about a Portsmouth mother’s bid to get her abducted children home from Oman.

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt has helped Lacey Plato, pictured here with her son and daughter, seek government help after they were illegally taken out of the country by their father last summer.

Lacey – frustrated by the inability of the courts to get the Aisha, eight, and Faris, five, returned – has appealed to Mr Cameron to intervene personally and Ms Mordaunt says she’ll raise it with him.

But she cautioned that political pressure might be counter-productive.

‘I am happy to talk to the Prime Minister about this. He’s very sympathetic, but is limited in what he can do and we don’t want to make the situation worse,’ she said. ‘We have to do this through the legal process and although the children are British citizens they are subject to the Omani legal process by virtue of the fact that they are in that country.

‘If politicians seek to intervene, that could be detrimental.’

The children were taken from their Portsmouth home by Lacey’s former partner Usama Al-Barwani during a visit he made to England last year.

Mr Al-Barwani, who was brought up in Portsmouth but now lives in the Omani capital Muscat, obtained temporary travel documents from his embassy to take the children out of the country.