Former children's minister Tim Loughton said the CPS should drop the case against Brett and Naghmeh King

Brett and Neghmeh King

Brett and Neghmeh King

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A FORMER children's minister has called for the CPS to drop the case against Ashya King’s parents and criticised the decision to arrest them.

Tim Loughton said the biggest outrage was that Ashya's case had almost become a child protection issue and his parents were being criminalised when that was ''clearly not the case''.

The Tory MP said an arrest warrant should not have been issued and that Mr and Mrs King should not be in custody.

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Tory MP and former children's minister Tim Loughton

He said: ''The CPS needs to drop this and make sure the parents come out and go and see their child.

''A very urgent conversation needs to be had with the NHS as to whether they will entertain grounds of them coming back here and going to a private clinic for proton beam treatment, which should be NHS or privately funded, or they should be allowed to take Ashya to Prague.''

Mr Loughton said he had not heard of any overriding clinical reason that the proton beam treatment would be detrimental to Ashya's health.

He also criticised Hampshire Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead for the way he had handled the situation.

He said: ''It was a rather hapless interview by the assistant chief constable, who did not seem to know why they were looking to arrest the parents.

''We were told there was a danger to the child's life, but the child is in hospital so a little bit of common sense might have led them to look at whether there was a threat to his life.

''Clearly people are not talking to each other properly and clearly people are not using common sense.

''Everyone is being bureaucratic and defensive and jumping on to the child protection bandwagon.''

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11:53am Tue 2 Sep 14

Donald2000 says...

As I have already said I believe the heart of this lies in a court order issued by Portsmouth late on Friday afternoon which must have been deemed to have been served on the parents. However, the court and the judge involved must know that to have effective service the documents (ie court order) must have been served within the jurisdiction of the court, which does not cover another sovereign nation. In addition, the Kings were totally unaware that a court order had been issued.

Therefore the court order is not effective and should be annulled.
As I have already said I believe the heart of this lies in a court order issued by Portsmouth late on Friday afternoon which must have been deemed to have been served on the parents. However, the court and the judge involved must know that to have effective service the documents (ie court order) must have been served within the jurisdiction of the court, which does not cover another sovereign nation. In addition, the Kings were totally unaware that a court order had been issued. Therefore the court order is not effective and should be annulled. Donald2000
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1:13pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Lordcem says...

I have said before that the Hampshire police seemed to have acted unlawfully and the officer responsible should and must be brought to account. Any and every parent in the absence of a valid court order must always have total rights over their children's treatment and in this case the parents disagreed with the hospital's treatment. Due to this they have been hounded like common criminals and arrested in a foreign land and imprisoned. They surely must consider taking legal action against this incompetent police service for false arrest and imprisonment. More's the pity that Shead, the Assistant Chief Constable cannot be sued as an individual. Be ye ever so high the man who thinks he is above the law!
I have said before that the Hampshire police seemed to have acted unlawfully and the officer responsible should and must be brought to account. Any and every parent in the absence of a valid court order must always have total rights over their children's treatment and in this case the parents disagreed with the hospital's treatment. Due to this they have been hounded like common criminals and arrested in a foreign land and imprisoned. They surely must consider taking legal action against this incompetent police service for false arrest and imprisonment. More's the pity that Shead, the Assistant Chief Constable cannot be sued as an individual. Be ye ever so high the man who thinks he is above the law! Lordcem
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