British mother: ‘I desperately want to be reunited with my son’

A British mother who lost custody of her son in Dubai will mark the two-year anniversary of the last time she saw him with a protest in London.

Afsana Lachaux says she is the victim of the Islamic legal system in the United Arab Emirates, which saw her ex-husband granted a divorce and awarded custody of their son Louis, now five, after their marriage ended acrimoniously.

Her former partner accused her of abducting the child when she failed to take him to a court-ordered access meeting. Ms Lachaux said she did not turn up because her husband had been abusive towards her and she was too scared. He denies the allegations.