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Adam Jones: Appeal To Free 'Kidnapped' Boy
The mother of a British schoolboy allegedly abducted in Qatar has appealed to the country's new Emir to free her son.
Adam Jones, 13, was allegedly taken by his dead father's family in Doha in 2009 and has been kept a "virtual prisoner" since then.
He has written two letters to David Cameron begging for his help and asking whether the Prime Minister has forgotten about him.
Speaking to Sky News, on the fourth anniversary of his alleged kidnapping, his mother Rebecca urged Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to allow her to be reunited with her son.
She said Sheikh Tamim - who became Qatar's new Emir in June - had discussed her son's case with Mr Cameron in the past few weeks, and described it as "a very good start".
Rebecca, speaking in Bahrain, told Sky News: "I'd like to thank the Qatar Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, for considering this case and talking to the Prime Minister, and I'd like to make a personal plea to him today to release my son.
"He is suffering on a day to day basis.
"Taking into consideration what Adam has gone through over the last four years - which no child should have had to go through - I honestly believe that Adam should be released immediately.
She said she has "exhausted all legal avenues" to be reunited with Adam - who lives with his uncle under the custody of his 80-year-old grandmother - and "is now at breaking point".
"For the past four years Adam has been a virtual prisoner in Qatar," she said.
"He has no life realistically...He has no freedom, he is kept inside most of the time, not allowed any friends, not allowed a proper education.
"But most of all he's not allowed the freedom to speak with his family - his mum, his sister, his grandmother...It's a tragic situation that basically he is now at breaking point."
She added: "In recent months, Qatar has been under a lot of negative press about the rights in Qatar, and I think this is a very good opportunity for the Emir to show the world that serious consideration is being taken in our case and that they are a country that are more compassionate and merciful, and that they do care about human rights.
"David Cameron made a promise to my son two years ago and that promise still hasn't been kept.
"I think the Qatar Emir has promised to get Adam back in court before the end of the year. I think it's now a chance for David Cameron to press this and make it a priority and to have an aggressive action plan to make sure that happens."
A No 10 spokesperson told Sky: "We understand how incredibly difficult it is for Rebecca Jones to be separated from her son.
"The Prime Minister raised this case with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, when they met last month and they agreed to work together on a solution.
"The Prime Minister believes that it is important that the child's views are taken into account as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and consular staff stand ready to support Ms Jones as she takes this to court."