The parents of Ashya King, Brett and Naghemeh King have been just been freed from a Spanish prison after a European arrest warrant was withdrawn by UK prosecutors. Prosecutors said they were content that any risk to Ashya’s life “was not as great or immediate as… originally thought.”
Brett and Naghemeh King were arrested following a Europe-wide manhunt. They withdrew terminally-ill five-year-old Ashya, who has a brain tumour, from a Southampton hospital against doctors’ advice. The family were pursued across the English Channel to France, and thence to Spain where the King family have a holiday home.
PM David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Gary Lineker all waded into the row, Lineker tweeting: “Someone needs to explain why Ashya King’s parents are being detained? Seems they just want the best treatment for their child. I know what it’s like to have a child fighting for their life. You do anything you think is for the best.”
A petition to reunite the terminally-ill little boy, who is currently receiving treatment in a Malaga hospital, with his parents already has over 76,000 signatures and growing all the time.