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Mother facing a Dubai jail and separation from her son

A London mother is facing jail in Dubai after being accused of abducting her own child. Afsana Lachaux's ex-husband has accused her of kidnapping their son in a bitter custody battle.

Now her family in London are urging the UK Government to intervene to protect her from being jailed.

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It is now four months since three-year-old Louis Lachaux whose face can't be shown for legal reasons last saw his mother.

Afsana Lachaux went into hiding, but it's alleged the toddler was later snatched by his father from a shopping centre in Dubai.

The photograph below was taken when Rabbhi Yahiya, Afsana's older son, visited his mother and younger brother.

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After the break-up Afsana, who is from east London was awarded custody but claims her husband hid her son's passport so she couldn't leave the country.

It was after she failed to take Louis to an access meeting with his father that she was charged with abduction. She is now facing three years in prison and deportation back to the UK without her son.

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After the Foreign Office told them it could not interfere in the judicial proceedings of another country the family turned to their local MP.

Under Shaira Law, Asfana has been told she must produce three witnesses to support her defence of domestic abuse. He denies the accusations.

Ironically she is a muslim, her husband is not . Her family believe the reason she is being judged so harshly is because she is a woman.