High Court frees Ashya King from legal controls

The High Court in London has ruled that Ashya King, the five-year-old boy in the middle of a dispute surrounding parental rights and European Arrest Warrants, is no longer a ward of the court.

Judge, Mr Justice Baker, has freed Ashya King from legal controls, stating it’s the responsibility of his parents to decide what treatment he should receive.

The news comes after it was announced that Ashya King has been admitted to the Motol hospital in Prague for proton beam treatment for a brain tumour.

Mr Justice Baker stated that the local authority "acted entirely correctly in applying to the high court and Judge Arthur was right in making Ashya a ward of court." Although the issuing of a European Arrest Warrant was not justifiable.

With Ashya’s parents in custody awaiting their extradition, Mr Justice Baker observed that Ashya was “left alone for several days” without his family.

Mr Justice Baker went on to say that “it was not in Ashya's best interests to have been separated.

"Responsibility about a child rests with his parents. In most cases the parents are the best people to make decisions about a child.

"The state has no business in interfering in the parental responsibility unless the child is suffering or is likely to suffer considerable harm."

He added: "Having heard the evidence I conclude that there was no reason to stand in the way of the parents' proposal.”

"It only remains for me to express my hope that Ashya makes a good recovery. We send all our best wishes to Ashya and his loving parents."

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