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British teen 'kidnapped' in Qatar to testify in court

Mother of Adam Jones, 14, says he has been held ‘virtual prisoner’ by his Qatari father’s family for 4 years

British teen 'kidnapped' in Qatar to testify in court

A British teenager whose mother claims he is being held as a “virtual prisoner” by his father’s family in Qatar has been granted the right to testify in court during a hearing to reunite him with his mother.

Rebecca Jones claims she was duped into signing over her parental rights for son Adam to his late father’s family during a trip to Doha four years ago.

Adam, now 14, is living with his uncle under the guardianship of his 80-year-old Qatari grandmother, Sky News reported.

Ms Jones said he was being held inside and not allowed to make friends, have a proper education or speak freely to his British family.

"It's a tragic situation that basically he is now at breaking point," Ms Jones told Sky News on October 5.

However, after a meeting between British Prime Minister David Cameron and Qatari Foreign Minister Dr Khalid bin Mohammed Al Atiyya, Ms Jones said Adam may now be able to state his wishes in court.

"The Foreign Minister explained that Adam is now old enough that his testimony will be heard in court and his wishes taken into consideration," Ms Jones was quoted as saying by Gulf Daily News.

"He has already applied to the courts but the cost of the trial is big.

"It will cost BD5000 ($13,260) for the First Instance Court and then it is sure to go to an appeal, which will cost at least another BD3000 which comes to BD8000 in total.

"So I am setting up a promise auction and dinner to help raise the funds for the case, which should be in court before the end of the year.

"Adam needs to get home as he is mostly isolated and suffering psychologically and with the help that we get from this, hopefully it will bring him a step closer to home."

No date has been set for the court hearing.

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qatarichildrenleftbehind 6 years ago

Finally some light has been brought to the children of foreign mothers, I hope the next issue will be Qatari fathers who have left their children behind. They are not held accountable and continue to live as if they never had children, those kids are left behind and forgotten about. The site qatarichildrenleftbhind tells the stories of these children.

khalid 6 years ago

there are many similar stories around the gulf so sad that men act like this.

Sian 6 years ago

Wonderful news I hope and pray Adam will be reunited with his mother soon xx