Adam may testify in custody dispute trial

Nov

24

2013

A BRITISH teenager reportedly being held against his will by relatives in Qatar could be given the chance to testify in court as he seeks to be reunited with his mother.

Adam Jones was allegedly “kidnapped” during a trip to Doha four years ago and is said to have reached a breaking point.

The 14-year-old only gets to see his mother Rebecca twice a week after she claims she was duped into signing over her parental rights by his late father’s Qatari family.

Ms Jones, who appeared on Sky News last month pleading for authorities to intervene, says her son may now get the chance to have his say in court.

It comes following a meeting between British Prime Minister David Cameron and Qatari Foreign Minister Dr Khalid bin Mohammed Al Atiyya.

“The Foreign Minister explained that Adam is now old enough that his testimony will be heard in court and his wishes taken into consideration,” said Ms Jones.

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

“It will cost BD5,000 for the First Instance Court and then it is sure to go to an appeal, which will cost at least another BD3,000 which comes to BD8,000 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.”

Ms Jones is confident that with her new lawyer and the news from Mr Cameron’s office that her son is finally getting closer to returning home.

She is now appealing for people and businesses to donate money or pledge their time or goods that could be bid on during the auction.

At least 20 people already promised to help.

“People and businesses that have the ability to pledge either goods, services, time or business services arewhat we are looking for,” said Ms Jones.

“The date and venue have not been finalised yet but it should be on either December 5 or 6.

“It will be an international auction so we will be setting up a website where people can bid on the items live as well as provide a catalogue of all the items a week in advance.

“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.”

The mother-of-two claims she was tricked into signing a document in Arabic when she first arrived in Qatar, which turned out to be a court document confirming she was being challenged for custody of Adam.

It is understood Adam inherited a fortune after his father Jamal Al Madhaiki’s death, which she believes was why her son was taken.

Ms Jones first moved to Bahrain in 1988 and began a relationship with him in 1994.

They separated in 1998, but two months later she discovered she was pregnant and the couple married.

Mr Al Madhaiki remained in Qatar after Adam was born in 1999, when, in the absence of his father, he was issued a British passport.

After his birth, he was issued a birth certificate in Bahrain stating that Adam was born a Muslim.

Mr Al Madhaiki died in a motorbike accident in Doha in late 2005.

Ms Jones his since remarried and has a daughter, Alex, with her husband Barrie.

Anyone who can help can call Ms Jones on 39473001, e-mail rebeccachapman@hotmail.com, or visit the website https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Adam-Home/154012248003070 and leave a message. ahmed@gdn.com.bh

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