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Ashya King's Parents To Be Reunited With Son
The parents of Ashya King will be reunited with their son later today following their release from a Spanish jail last night.
The five-year-old boy's father says they are "relieved" to be free and are looking forward to seeing their son again.
"We are completely relieved. Thank you so much for your support," Brett King said.
"We are going as soon as possible to see my son. We have been dying to see his face for so long."
Their release follows a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to drop the case against them.
The Kings' oldest son Danny, who is in the coastal town of Malaga where Ashya is being treated, said he was "shocked" when he learned they were free.
"We have been waiting so long for this moment," he told Sky News.
"I just want to thank everyone who spoke out in favour of my parents, especially Nick Clegg and David Cameron."
Another brother, Naveed, said on Facebook: "BREAKING NEWS: My parents are now free! SPREAD THE WORD! WOW THIS IS AMAZING! SO OVERJOYED! WOW!"
Danny said Ashya was comfortable at the Materno-Infantil hospital, but he was the only English child there and the only one without a family member constantly by his side.
An international arrest warrant was issued after Mr and Mrs King took Ashya from Southampton General Hospital, where he was being treated for a brain tumour.
They were detained on Saturday near Malaga and taken to Madrid, where they were kept in separate jails, pending an extradition hearing.
Their release came after the CPS announced it was seeking to withdraw the arrest warrant and would be taking no further action against them.
In a statement the CPS said: "We are now in the process of communicating this decision to the Spanish Authorities so that they can be reunited with their son as soon as possible."
The move was welcomed by Prime Minister David Cameron, who said: "It's important this little boy gets treatment and the love of his family."
Earlier Mr Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg joined the mounting calls for Ashya to be reunited with his parents.
An online petition started by Ethan Dallas, 16, a friend of Ashya's brother Naveed, had attracted nearly 200,000 signatures at 5pm on Tuesday.
Mr and Mrs King, from Portsmouth, took Ashya out of the country so he could receive alternative proton beam therapy in the Czech capital Prague.
They were apparently planning to sell their apartment near Malaga to pay for the treatment.