A DAD who claims his son was taken abroad by his ex-wife without his permission is calling for urgent changes to the law.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was left devastated when his former partner took their two-year-old son to Dubai, where her new husband is now based, earlier this year.
Since then, the 27-year-old has been locked in a legal battle to see his son brought back to the UK.
But because Dubai is one of 93 countries not signed up to the Hague Convention, the mum cannot be extradited back to Britain.
The dad, who has not seen his son since March, took his fight to the High Court in London last month when a recovery order was made for the youngster to be returned to him.
But because of the law, this cannot come into force until she steps on British soil.
He said: “These last few months have been murder.
“They’ve been really, really difficult and almost unbearable.
“The only thing keeping me going has been keeping myself busy with this, I can’t allow myself to be eaten up by it.”
As reported in the Echo, the dad had been enjoying weekly access to the toddler while he lived with his mum in their Sunderland home.
But in April, his ex-wife ignored a court order, requiring her to ask permission to take the toddler abroad, after they left the country.
Despite contacting police, the Foreign Office and top legal teams, he has been told there is nothing that can be done to force the mother to bring the child home.
“It’s absolutely ridiculous that the law is like this,” he said.
“It’s not fair that someone is able to do this and there’s nothing that can be done about it. The law needs changing.”
The dad’s plea comes as figures from the Foreign Office reveal the number of British children abducted by parents and taken abroad has risen by 10 per cent during the last year.
A total of 161 youngsters were taken to countries that have not signed up to the international treaty designed to ensure the return of youngsters who are wrongfully taken out of the UK.