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ASHYA King will travel to the Czech Republic for proton beam treatment later this year.

A spokesman for a specialist medical centre in the Czech Republic confirmed this morning that the five-year-old will travel there for the treatment.

His parents, Brett and Naghmeh, had taken him from Southampton General Hospital in a bid to get their son, who has a brain tumour, proton beam treatment.

The couple were dramatically released in Spain last night having been arrested on Saturday, and are now set to be reunited with Ashya.

The Proton Therapy Centre in Prague had been one of the centres the Kings had been interested in taking him.

Today Dr Jiri Kubes, head of proton therapy at the centre, said: ''We have agreed that proton therapy is a suitable method of treatment for Ashya.

''So, Ashya shall go for proton therapy to the Czech Republic. However, prior to this he will need to return to England first.''

A spokesman for the Proton Therapy Centre (PTC) in the Czech Republic said it had received additional information concerning the status of Ashya's health.

He said Dr Gary Nicolin, a consultant paediatric oncologist and lead for paediatric neuro-oncology at the Department of Paediatric Oncology at University Hospital Southampton, had sent complete medical reports, including operation notes, histology reports and imaging reports.

He said the PTC medical board reviewed this documentation at 8am today.

The centre said Dr Nicolin had confirmed that Ashya must first undergo two cycles of chemotherapy, which are expected to take several weeks.

After that he would be able to travel to Prague for proton therapy, the spokesman said.