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Ashya parents to remain in custody

A Spanish judge has ordered the detention for 72 hours of a British couple who took their critically ill five-year-old son abroad against doctors' advice.

A spokesman at the National Court in Madrid said the judge ruled the couple must be held while the court considers whether to grant Britain an extradition request. The judge could have opted to let the parents to go free while the case is considered.

The spokesman said Ashya King's parents told the judge they do not want to return to the UK.

They were arrested yesterday in south-eastern Spain after a European arrest warrant was issued by Interpol at the request of British police. Their son is receiving medical treatment for a brain tumour and is currently at a hospital in Spain..

The spokesman said the legal process also involves requesting the advice of Spanish doctors and translating legal documents deemed pertinent to the case.

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