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Saturday 21 October 2017

Ashya parents still don't feel 'safe' to return to UK

The parents of brain cancer patient Ashya King have said they do not feel "safe" enough to return to the UK.

Brett and Naghmeh King are planning to travel to Spain after the five-year-old's proton therapy in the Czech Republic comes to an end.

Speaking while holding his son, Mr King told Sky News: "After some time we decided that perhaps it was best to return to Spain.

"We have a property there so life can be established quite easily for us.

"At the moment we don't feel 100pc safe, I suppose you would call it, contemplating being in England until perhaps they do this investigation into how everything was conducted for us.

"Once that has been established then we can think about going back to England. But for the time being we have been in contact with a doctor in Spain so we are continuing with (Ashya's) treatment in Spain instead of England."

Asked why they were reluctant to return to Britain, Mr King said: "Because there is so much still at stake.

"We wouldn't want to lose Ashya. It would probably never happen but just having that small risk that you don't have to do anything wrong to have your children taken away and (be) thrown in prison..."

manhunt

The Kings sparked an international manhunt when they removed Ashya from Southampton General Hospital on August 28 without medical consent.

They faced a protracted legal battle to get him to the Proton Therapy Centre (PTC) in Prague.

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