Portsmouth council leader explains why steps were taken to protect Ashya

Cllr Donna Jones
Cllr Donna Jones
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THE leader of Portsmouth City Council has defended action it took to protect Ashya King while his parents were in police custody.

The authority went to the High Court last Friday to seek a ward of the court order, which made the court the five-year-old’s legal guardian and had responsibility over his welfare.

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Councillor Donna Jones said in a TV interview earlier today that Southampton General Hospital briefed the council and other local agencies about Ashya’s situation before the legal application was made.

Cllr Jones also criticised the way his parents Brett and Naghmeh King were treated prior to their release from prison last night.

She said: ‘They were held in custody for far too long and it’s a travesty of justice the boy was left for four days without his parents.

‘Our job was to make sure there was a legal next of kin for Ashya while his parents were in custody.

‘Now they are out, there will be a review at the High Court on Monday (of the wardship order) and Portsmouth City Council’s part will be over, and I just want them back with their son.’