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Man faces judge in missing boy case

A man will appear before a family court judge today following the launch of investigations into the disappearance of a six-year-old boy, lawyers say.

Mani Dad was living with his Polish mother Leyla Dad, 33, in Kielce, Poland, when he vanished six months ago.

He is thought to be in the UK with his British father - Ms Dad's estranged husband - Zayn Dean, 47, who is also known as Dholtana Dad, lawyers say.

Ms Dad has launched family court proceedings in a bid to find her son.

Lawyers representing her said the man would appear before a judge at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London this afternoon.

They said it is hoped the man could provide information about Mani's whereabouts.

The man is believed to be a relative of Mr Dean - who, lawyers say, has links with Bedford and Kettering, Northamptonshire.

On Thursday, a judge told of his ''grave anxiety'' for Mani's welfare when analysing the latest developments in the search.

''The child has disappeared,'' said Mr Justice Newton.

''It is a matter of grave anxiety that, given his age, his welfare is somehow being damaged.''

The judge said every avenue would be explored and added: ''The child will be found.''

Lawyers representing Ms Dad outlined the steps being taken to find Mani - who will be seven on July 7 - to Mr Justice Newton on Thursday.

Barrister Edward Devereux told the judge: ''We desperately want to identify the whereabouts of Mani. We will be stretching every sinew, chasing down every avenue.''

Solicitor Katherine Res Pritchard, who works for law firm Dawson Cornwell, later urged members of the public to think whether they had seen Mani and his father.

''Please look carefully at the pictures of Mani and his father on the internet,'' she said, after the hearing on Thursday.

''Have you seen them? Have you perhaps seen them in a playground, in a park, at a theme park, in a swimming pool, at a zoo, in a cafe? Have they been to your school, have they seen a doctor or a dentist?

''Someone, somewhere must have seen Mani. We need to find him and make sure he is safe. He needs to be reunited with his mother.''

She added: ''This is a very serious matter so I urge anyone out there who may know something about Mani's whereabouts to please come forward and share that information with us.''

Ms Dad - who uses her middle name, Paulina - has made a direct appeal to Mr Dean and written an open letter to Mani, saying: ''I promise we will be together again soon my baby.''

Lawyers say she has begun legal proceedings under the terms of the 1980 Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Judges have given permission for detail of the case to be released to the media.

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