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Mon 15 Feb 2010 10:35 AM

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10-year old boy in Bahrain-Qatar custody battle

Adam Jones tells Doha court he wants to live with British mother in Bahrain.

A 10-year old boy at the centre of an international custody battle between his British mother and Qatari grandmother yesterday told a Doha court that he wants to live with his mother in Bahrain.

Custody of Adam Jones was awarded to his late Qatari father’s 77-year old mother four months ago, according to Gulf Daily News. But Adam’s mother, Bahrain-based Rebecca Jones, claims Adam was snatched during a visit to his relatives and has been fighting for custody since.

Yesterday Adam appeared before the High Family Appeals Court in Doha and told a judge he wanted to live with his mother, stepfather and younger sister.

“I choose to live with my mother in Bahrain,” he told the judge. “I love my Qatari relatives but I want to go back to my mother. I sometimes enjoy my time here.”

Mrs Jones has accused her ex-husband’s family of kidnapping Adam after she was duped into travelling with him to visit his supposedly sick grandmother in October, said the newspaper. She has remained in Doha since and was in November granted bi-weekly visitations under the Cassation Court.

Mrs Jones’ lawyer, Abdulaziz Al Khulaifi, argued that the Al Madhaiki family had missed the one year time frame in which to fight for custody of Adam, who has duel British and Qatari nationality.

“According to the Sharia law, when the mother re-marries and the father is dead, the custody of the child goes to the grandmother,” he said. “But the grandmother has a time period of one year [from the date she found out of the marriage] to file the case. So she cannot legally file for custody now because she has known about the marriage for years.”

Judges adjoined the case to March 1 for Adam’s Qatari family to submit their final arguments.

Sheffield-born Mrs Jones married Adam’s father, Jamal Al Madhaiki in 1998 and Adam was born a year later. The coupled divorced the following year. Jamal died in a motorcycle accident in 2005.

Almost 10,158 members have joined a Faceboook group campaigning for Adam’s return to his mother while a petition - which is due to be sent to Gordon Brown and the wife of Qatari Amir Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani - has already garnered more than 4,800 signatures.

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