Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Adam Jones Qatar custody battle: Mother meets Foreign Office officials

A woman from Sheffield who says her 13-year-old son is being held in Qatar by her former husband's family is to meet UK government officials.

Rebecca Jones, 45, has been trying to bring Adam back home since he was allegedly taken by relatives in 2009.

Adam was "unhappy and distressed" at his predicament, she said.

A meeting with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office was due to take place on Tuesday. The FCO said it could not comment on private meetings.

Speaking to the BBC's Today programme, Ms Jones said her son was "locked in a room and not allowed outside" because of large amounts of money and land he had inherited following his father Jamal Al Madhaiki's death.

'Nobody cares'

Adam's mother said her son was taken by her ex-husband's family during a visit to Qatar in 2009. The teenager's father died in a motorbike accident in 2005.

Ms Jones said she saw her son twice a week, flying from Bahrain, where she currently lives, to Qatar. She added that her son was "desperate to come home".

"He is really unhappy. He is depressed. He's confused because these people are strangers to him," said Ms Jones.

In a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron earlier this year, Adam wrote: "I think nobody cares about me.

"I beg you not to forget about me. Please let me go home to my family."

Ms Jones, who was divorced from Mr Madhaiki, said she had failed to gain custody of her son at two previous legal hearings in Qatar.

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