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'Shameless liar' father who abducted children is jailed

A father who abducted his young children and took them to live with his parents in Oman was today jailed for one year after failing to return them five years later.

'Shameless liar' Usama Al Barwani from Portsmouth repeatedly defied court orders to return his children, now aged nine and 12, to Britain from the Middle East.

The former bank clerk took his daughter Aishah and son Faris to live with his relatives in Oman in July 2012 following the breakdown of his relationship with their mother.

Lacey Plato (centre) with her children Aishah (left) and Faris (right) who were taken to Oman by their father in 2012. He repeatedly defied court orders to return his children to Britain

Lacey Plato (centre) with her children Aishah (left) and Faris (right) who were taken to Oman by their father in 2012. He repeatedly defied court orders to return his children to Britain

Their 'desperate' mother Lacey Plato, who is in her 30s and also from Portsmouth, has been fighting a lengthy legal battle in a bid to be re-united with her children.

Today, Mrs Justice Theis ruled that Al Barwani had committed 'serious' and deliberate breaches of orders relating to the return of his children to England.

She sentenced him at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London to immediate imprisonment for 12 months for contempt of court.

She said: 'I am satisfied that through the actions of this father, he has deprived these very young children, now aged 12 and nine, of having any meaningful contact or relationship with their mother for a period of five years.'

The judge described it as a 'tragic and sad case' and told him: 'It is perhaps difficult to imagine a more damaging and harmful

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