Sheffield mum says son is ‘virtually imprisoned’ in Qatar

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A MOTHER battling to bring her teenage son back to Britain from his dead father’s family in Qatar has met UK government officials to discuss the case.

Rebecca Jones, aged 45, originally from Sheffield, claims she was tricked into giving up Adam, now 13, by the family of her late husband in 2009 and he is now ‘virtually imprisoned’.

The meeting with representatives from the Foreign Office is the latest step in her three-year campaign to regain custody of her son.

In recent weeks, she has called on Prime Minister David Cameron to intervene in her legal struggle to bring Adam back.

Adam’s father, Jamal Al Madhaiki, from whom Mrs Jones was divorced, died in a motorcycle accident in 2005.

Adam was aged just 10 when he was allegedly seized by his relatives when his mother took him to visit the family in Qatar in 2009.

Mrs Jones said: “Adam is very distressed.

“He is not allowed to see me except during strictly supervised visits when we are not even supposed to laugh together.

“When he is at his uncle’s house he is not allowed out on his own and has no access to the things that normal boys have.

“He is virtually imprisoned.”

Under the current arrangements, Mrs Jones can only see her son twice a week.

She flies from nearby Bahrain and spends up to £2,000 a month on travel.