Ashya King And Me: The Self-Serving Police, A Hatchet Job And A Child Left Alone
ASHYA King: a look at reporting on the boy with cancer and his parents.
The Metro leads with news that Ashaya, aged 5, has been kept apart from his parents.
Ashya King’s brother Naveed King is defending his parents, Brett and Naghemeh King, who were arrested when the family was found in Malaga following an international search triggered by the British police.
Today they will appear at a Madrid court facing extradition to the UK. On Sunday, they were taken in handcuffs to a court house in the town of Velez-Malaga.
They broke no laws.
Ashya remains in hospital in Malaga.
Naveed has taken to YouTube to make his views known:
“Whilst Ashya was in hospital for the first week, my father travelled in the morning, really early in the morning and came back late at night. Whilst he was at home, he did research for hours, sometimes did not even sleep. He did constant research to find out information that could help Ashya.”
The BBC notes:
Mr King said in an earlier video posted that the family wanted to seek proton beam therapy for Ashya – a cancer treatment that the NHS would not provide. It is understood they travelled to Spain, where they had a holiday home, to sell the property and release funds to pay for the treatment in the Czech Republic.
But they can’t because the British police made criminals of them.
Mr and Mrs King have not been charged with any offence in Spain.
Again we recall the words of Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead:
“I make no apology for being as proactive as possible in trying to find him. I’d much rather be standing here facing criticism over being proactive than do nothing and explain why a child has lost his life.”
I. I. It’s all about him. He feels okay. So. It’s all fine.
The Irish Independent has an Ashya King and Me story.
Diarmaid Mac Dermott writes:
I was a neighbour of the Kings, who for more than 10 years have lived in an apartment at Casares del Mar, a beachfront development outside Estepona on the Costa del Sol. Brett and Naghmeh King introduced themselves to my family and asked to see our small apartment in the complex.
Shortly afterwards they bought a one-bedroom apartment on the first floor facing the Mediterranean while Naghmeh’s parents bought a larger two-bedroom duplex in the same block.
As the King family grew – they now have six boys and one girl aged between 23 and two – they moved into the larger duplex, while the King grandparents used the smaller apartment.
After a look at the King family’s protpety portfolio, we get to look at their spirtuality:
The Kings quickly made their Jehovah’s Witness beliefs apparent by hanging placards with biblical quotations over their balcony and placing similar boards on the windscreen of their people carrier. Casares del Mar is run, according to Spanish law, by a community association. This draws up the community rules to ensure that everyone behaves properly and looks after common areas, such as gardens and swimming pools.
The Kings made no attempt to integrate into the community. They were on passing acquaintance terms with most of the residents, including myself, and had no close friends at Casares del Mar.
Family kept themselves to themselves on holiday! Read all about it.
They made their presence felt, however, by their noisy behaviour at the pool and by the almost incessant noise from their apartment.
Large family made noise on the Spanish Costas!
This is hatchet job.
The residents are a mixture of Irish, Spanish, British, Dutch and Germans – and the Kings had several run-ins with many of their neighbours.
Such as? We’re not told.
The Kings regularly attended the Jehovah’s Witness community in nearby San Pedro de Alcantara and they would disappear for several weeks at a time, mostly back to Britain.
Disappear? What a mysterious lot these Kigns are.
The boys attended a local school on the Costa del Sol and on their return from school would regularly be seen jumping in and out of the community pool to a cacophony of sound.
They went to school! They swam! Did they bomb into the water? You want more? Can you handle it?
Brett King was often seen on his terrace with his laptop and using his mobile phone, but the family rarely entertained outside visitors.
Oh, yes. Laptop and phone, eh…
And then it shifts:
There are an estimated 250,000 British expats living on the Costa del Sol. For many the attractions are obvious – over 300 days of sunshine a year, a cheaper cost of living, only two and half hours away from Britain and the availability of anonymity if needed.
Those King family flats still for sale? What are the neighbours like?
The Star has other news:
Police face backlash over plans to extradite tumour boy Ashya King’s parents – ANGRY Brits yesterday blasted plans to extradite cancer-hit Ashya King’s parents back to the UK, insisting: “They’re not criminals.”
No. They’re Jehovah’s Witnesses.
In the Times, we hear from Ashya King’s grandmother:
Patricia King, Ashya’s grandmother, said at her home in Portsmouth: “If Ashya comes back to the UK he might not recover because he won’t get the treatment we all want for him. “I’ve seen the video. It’s the best he’s looked in ages and I’m relieved to see him doing so well, but I just wish they hadn’t been found. I agree with Brett. The police should call off this ridiculous chase and leave the family be to get the care for him we all want. I completely trust Brett’s opinion on it all and he’s very angry about what’s gone on over the last few days. It’s absolutely disgusting to see our family all over the news.”
It’s a hideous story of police interference.