1. Ashya’s parents held in custody.
The parents of Ashya, the five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who was removed from a southern England hospital, have faced court in Madrid.
The judge ruled that the couple must be held for up to 72 hours while the court considers whether to grant Britain an extradition request and documentation about Ashya’s medical care is handed over.
Ashya’s parents Brett and Naghemeh King were taken to court in a police van, but their hearing was delayed until the early afternoon after their lawyer failed to appear on time.
The Telegraph reports that on Friday, the five-year-old was made a ward of the state. His entire family, including his six siblings, are banned from visiting him in hospital in Spain.
According to The Times, Ashya’s grandmother Patricia King mother said that the family had driven to Spain to finalise the sale of a holiday home to raise the £90,000 cost of obtaining proton beam therapy for Ashya at a clinic in Europe.
“To try and make out that he has been neglected – well. Why haven’t we got any human rights? They keep on, the EU, about human rights,” she said.
“Where are our human rights? We have got none.”
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2. Mad Monday controversy
An image of two AFL players dressed as Rolf Harris and a young girl has once again called Mad Monday into disrepute.
The management of AFL team Melbourne say they are investigating the photo of Dean Terlich dressed in a fake goatee, a grey wig, and Rolf Harris-style glasses while teammate Alex Georgiou is wearing a dress and wig. The image has appeared on the Instagram account of Terlich.
A spokesman for the Demons said last night they would speak to the two about their error of judgment.
“Dean and Alex have made a poor and inconsiderate mistake in choosing their costume’s today,” the spokesman said, according to News limited.
3. Surrogate father charged with sexual abuse
A man in his fifties has been charged with sexually abusing twins he fathered with a Thai surrogate, according to ABC News.
The man, who cannot be identified, has been charged with indecent dealings of a sexual nature with the twins and possessing child abuse material which was discovered after a raid on his property.
The man denies all of the allegations against him.
A Current Affair reports the children were aged between four and five and the man had separated from his wife when the alleged sexual abuse occurred.
According to the ABC, the twins “consider themselves to be fully Australian” and “don’t know that they are half Thai or have any connection to Thailand”, Childline Thailand’s Ilya Smirnoff said.
Child protection authorities are now looking into sending the children back to Thailand to be with their surrogate and biological mother.