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British Mom Continues Qatar Court Battle for Abducted Son

Ayb! Ayb! (Shame! Shame!) Tricking a young woman by having her sign papers purporting to be inheritance papers but signing over custody of her son to his grandmother. Now he sits, idle, bored, confused and lonely, in his grandmother’s house, yearning to be with his mother, friends and classmates, and leading a normal life. She sounds like a reasonable young woman; coming to visit the “sick” grandmother, agreeable that he should visit with his father’s family. Why did they need to high-handedly take it to this level? What were they thinking?

He wants to come with me, says mom in custody battle
from today’s Gulf Times

A British mother, who has been fighting a custody battle for her son with her late husband’s Qatari family, was on Monday briefly reunited with the boy for the second time, Bahrain’s Gulf Daily News yesterday said.

Rebecca Jones claims her son Adam has been “kidnapped” by the Qatari relatives. She saw him for the first time last Thursday, after the Cassation Court in Doha agreed to let her visit him.

“It was a bit better tonight, still very upsetting. I brought Adam some presents and he seemed happy with that,” Bahrain resident Jones told the GDN.

“He keeps telling me he wants to come home with me so it’s really terrible. It’s difficult to leave him, he was very tearful tonight when I left but I get to see him twice a week now. I will be back to see him in two days. I think that has made it easier for both of us.

“I told Adam I’d bring some movies next time and we can just pretend we are back in Bahrain, just the two of us.

“He spoke to his friends tonight. He hasn’t spoken to them since he left Bahrain. Some of them were upset. He also spoke to his grandmother and Barrie (stepfather) and Alex (younger sister),” Jones said.

“I’m desperate to see my son. I wouldn’t care if it was even for one hour at this stage. He said he’s very bored and has got nothing to do during the day, he just plays the Playstation from morning to night. He said he can’t sleep at all,” GDN quoted her as saying.

“He knows I love him and he knows I’m not going to leave him until we can go back to Bahrain together and get back to our lives.

“I’m going to keep going until I can go to a judge and get my son back. I’m waiting for the day when they have to let him go.”

Jones claims Adam was abducted on October 3 after she was “duped into travelling with him to visit his sick Qatari grandmother.”

Meanwhile, Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society secretary-general Faisal Fulad, who has been central to the campaign to bring Adam home, is in London to meet British
non-governmental organisations.

“I have been making contacts with Amnesty International, Save the Children and the children’s rights committee in British Parliament. I hope to meet them for discussions tomorrow,” he told the GDN.

“I am also trying to get a hold of people in BBC, Sky News and some big British newspapers because we need to generate more awareness, more media coverage and more support for Adam’s campaign.”

A Facebook group demanding Adam be reunited with his family in Bahrain, meanwhile, has attracted more than 7,000 members in almost four weeks.

Those who set up the group has organised a sponsored swim at St Christopher’s Senior School in Isa Town, and raised about BD1,000 for the campaign.

Divorced from Rebecca Jones for a number of years, Adam’s Qatari father, Jamal al-Madhaiki, died in 2005. Adam had remained in Bahrain with his mother, stepfather and younger sister until he and his mother travelled to Qatar.

Jones claims that in Qatar, her late ex-husband’s family requested her to sign some documents relating to what they said was Adam’s inheritance.

According to Jones, the papers in Arabic turned out to be custody documents in the name of Adam’s grandmother.

Since the alleged “abduction”, Jones has remained in Qatar to win back Adam’s custody, which was granted to his 77-year-old grandmother by a Qatari court almost three weeks ago.


December 2, 2009 - Posted by | Doha, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Law and Order, Living Conditions, Local Lore, News, Women's Issues


  1. There are companies that specialize in child and adult recoveries in foreign countries. I would go commando on grandma’s ass…. NOT without my AK! 🙂

    Comment by Desert Girl | December 2, 2009 | Reply

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  3. LLOOLLL DG. Guess not if you intended to continue living in the area. Thing that makes my blood boil is the deception. It doesn’t sound like we are dealing with a mom who is avoiding her ex-husband’s family. They didn’t need to lie, cheat and steal to spend time with her ex’s son.

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  5. My aunt and I were discussing this case yesterday. She thinks what the Qatari family did is totally understandable and expected. It’s their son, he’s Qatari, and should not grow up with non-Muslim, non-Arab parents with no Muslim, Arab family members around. She also cites this case as an example of exactly what goes wrong in “foreign” marriages, and how money hungry the mother is-she signed paperwork for inheritance without even bothering to read it.

    I feel very differently than she does, but I’m honestly very conflicted about it. It’s sad all around. It’s very West vs. East worldview conflict. Who does this child “belong” to?

    Comment by G | December 3, 2009 | Reply

  6. 😀 Thank you, G, I was so hoping someone would have the courage to put up the other point of view – and of course, that is what it is. I am just hoping that the grown ups can be grown-up about this, and fine some way to negotiate. The little guy is with his grandma (believe me, Grandma is too old to be raising him; it takes a younger woman’s energy!) and he needs to be with his mother. That doesn’t mean that he doesn’t need his dad’s family as well.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 3, 2009 | Reply

  7. Oh apparently his mother and stepfather are Muslim. I wonder if that changes anything.

    Comment by G | December 4, 2009 | Reply

  8. The mother thaught she was signing on behalf of her son who was still a minor for his father’s share of the family inheritance.

    This case is another clear example of exercise by muslim’s of their god given right in the Koran to lie, steal and murder all non believers.

    The Qatari’s don’t care about the boy they care that his inheritance stays in their family.

    She was an idiot for trusting muslims and signing the documents. But then she naively thought that they were her “family”. Talk about clash of cultures!

    Western women thinking of going anywhere near a muslim man should take note and run far far away!

    Comment by Christina | December 6, 2009 | Reply

  9. Christina



    Comment by daggero | December 6, 2009 | Reply

  10. Christina – In Kuwait, I had many friends who have been married 30, even 40 years to these charming, handsome Kuwaiti men they met as students in the US, Britain, Scotland, etc. These marriages were not without problems – no marriage that lasts that long is without problems – but the relationships endured, even thrived. The families of these men accepted the women, helped raise their children, and made the women a part of the family.

    You are right, any woman considering marriage needs to give careful consideration to the prospective partner. You are wrong about much of the rest. Every family is different, every experience is different. I have seen with my own eyes that it can work.

    Daggero – LLLOOLLL. Guess you told her!

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 6, 2009 | Reply

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