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PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCTOBER 24: Ashya King, accompanied by his mother Naghmeh King (not pictured), leaves the thirtieth and last of the proton treatment sessions at the Proton Therapy Centre on October 24, 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic. Five year old Ashya King, who has a brain tumour, was taken by his parents from a UK hospital against medical advice and transported to Spain for medical treatment and then transported to Prague for proton treatment. Ashya is hospitalized in the University Motol Hospital in Prague from mid-September. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEPTEMBER 08: Five-year-old Ashya King, who is suffering from a brain tumor, is accompanied by his father Brett King on his arrival at the Motol Hospital on September 8, 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic. He is to receive cutting edge proton therapy treatment for his conditions. The boy was taken by his parents from a hospital in Southampton, southern England, 11 days ago in an attempt to get better treatment. They were arrested following a search across Europe as English doctors feared for the boy's welfare. After a public outcry in Britain, they were released and free to travel to the Czech Republic. (Photo by Tomas Krist/isifa/Getty Images)
The Yellow Notice issued by the international police force Interpol, Friday Aug. 29, 2014, asking for help to locate the missing five-year old boy Ashya King, who is believed to be in France. Police are searching for the five-year-old British boy who is suffering with a severe brain tumor whose parents, believed to be Jehovah’s Witnesses, took him out of a British hospital on Thursday and were last seen in France. The boy needs urgent medical treatment. (AP Photo/Interpol)
Ashya King parents' lawyer, Juan Isidro Fernandez Diaz, talks to the media outside the National court in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Critically-ill 5-year-old boy Ashya King driven to Spain by his parents, Brett and Naghemeh, against doctors' advice is receiving medical treatment for a brain tumor in a Spanish hospital as his parents await extradition to Britain, police said Sunday. Officers received a phone call late Saturday from a hotel east of Malaga advising that a vehicle fitting the description circulated by police was on its premises. Both parents were arrested and the boy, Ashya King, was taken to a hospital, a Spanish police spokesman said. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Ashya King parents's lawyer, Juan Isidro Fernandez Diaz, arrives at the National court in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. A critically-ill 5-year-old boy driven to Spain by his parents, Brett and Naghemeh, against doctors' advice is receiving medical treatment for a brain tumor in a Spanish hospital as his parents await extradition to Britain, police said Sunday. Officers received a phone call late Saturday from a hotel east of Malaga advising that a vehicle fitting the description circulated by police was on its premises. Both parents were arrested and the boy, Ashya King, was taken to a hospital, a Spanish police spokesman said. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Ashya King parents's lawyer, Juan Isidro Fernandez Diaz, right, asks police for directions to the entrance as he arrives at the National court in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. A critically-ill 5-year-old boy driven to Spain by his parents, Brett and Naghemeh, against doctors' advice is receiving medical treatment for a brain tumor in a Spanish hospital as his parents await extradition to Britain, police said Sunday. Officers received a phone call late Saturday from a hotel east of Malaga advising that a vehicle fitting the description circulated by police was on its premises. Both parents were arrested and the boy, Ashya King, was taken to a hospital, a Spanish police spokesman said. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 01: Juan Isidro Fernandez Diaz, laywer for British couple Brett and Naghemeh King speaks to the press outside National Court on September 1, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. King's son Ashya King, who has a brain tumour, was taken by his parents from a UK hospital against medical advice resulting in the parents arrest in Velez, Malaga on Saturday on an extradition warrant by UK police authorities. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 01: A policeman stands guard as a police van allegedly holding Brett and Naghemeh King, parents of five years old Ashya King arrives at the National Court on September 1, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. Ashya King, who has a brain tumour, was taken by his parents from a UK hospital against medical advice resulting in the parents arrest in Velez, Malaga on Saturday on an extradition warrant by UK police authorities. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
Spanish policemen stand guard as a police van carrying the parents of Ashya King, the five-year-old British boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital without medical consent, arrives at the courthouse in Madrid on September 1, 2014. Police issued a European arrest warrant for Brett King, 51, and Naghemeh King, 45, after they drove their son away from a hospital in Southampton in southern England on August 28, 2014. Ashya has been found in Velez Malaga, southern Spain with his parents, who have been arrested on August 30. AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
A police van, right, believed to be carrying Ashya King parents, parks inside the National court garage in Madrid, Spain Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. A critically-ill 5-year-old boy driven to Spain by his parents against doctors' advice is receiving medical treatment for a brain tumor in a Spanish hospital as his parents await extradition to Britain, police said Sunday. Officers received a phone call late Saturday from a hotel east of Malaga advising that a vehicle fitting the description circulated by police was on its premises. Both parents were arrested and the boy, Ashya King, was taken to a hospital, a Spanish police spokesman said. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 01: A police van allegedly holding Brett and Naghemeh King, parents of five years old Ashya King, arrives at the National Court on September 1, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. Ashya King who has a brain tumour was taken by his parents from a UK Hospital agaisnt medical advice. Brett and Naghemeh King were arrested in Velez, Malaga on Saturday on an extradition warrant by UK police authorities. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
British boy Ashya King arrives for first proton beam treatment of his brain tumor at Proton Therapy Center in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Ashya’s parents have fought a protracted battle to get their son treated with proton beam technology, which targets tumors more directly than radiotherapy but is not yet available for patients with brain tumors in Britain. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
5-year-old Ashya King is loaded into an ambulance after first proton beam treatment of his brain tumor at Proton Therapy Center in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Ashya’s parents have fought a protracted battle to get their son treated with proton beam technology, which targets tumors more directly than radiotherapy but is not yet available for patients with brain tumors in Britain. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
In this picture taken on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014,11-years old Miki Roth reflects in mirror in his room in Prague, Czech Republic. Miki Roth suffered from the same life threatening brain tumor and received similar proton treatment that 5-year old British boy Ashya King is set to start on Monday Sept. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Brett King, back left, and Naghemeh King, right, accompany their son Ashya King, 5, center, as he arrives for pre-cancer treatment examinations at the Motol hospital in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. A British boy who caused an uproar after being taken by his parents from a U.K. hospital without doctors' consent landed in Prague on Monday to get treatment for his brain tumor. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Five-year-old Ashya King who suffers from a brain tumor, waves as he leaves a hospital after his last proton therapy treatment on October 24, 2014 in Prague. Ashya King was treated since mid-September in Prague, and arrived in Spain to undergo aj immunotherapy treatment, announced the family lawyer in Spain on October 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO / MICHAL CIZEK (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)
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By DANICA KIRKA

LONDON (AP) - U.K. prosecutors are withdrawing the arrest warrant in the case of a British couple who took their 5-year-old son out of the country in hopes of getting a new type of radiation therapy for his brain tumor.

The Crown Prosecution Service made the move Tuesday in a hearing at Britain's High Court and said in a statement afterward they were "in the process of communicating this decision to the Spanish authorities so that they can be reunited with their son as soon as possible."

Ashya King's case has riveted Britain, with heated debate as to whether authorities acted appropriately in chasing the parents through Europe after they left Southampton General Hospital last week without the consent of doctors.

Prime Minister David Cameron took the highly unusual step of wading personally into the debate, tweeting after the hearing that he welcomed the prosecution against Ashya's "parents being dropped. It's important this little boy gets treatment & the love of his family."

Brett and Naghemeh King took Ashya out of England and traveled to Spain, where they planned to sell a property to pay at least $33,000 for proton beam radiation therapy in the Czech Republic or the U.S. They were arrested on a British warrant on suspicion of cruelty to a person under 16 years of age.

But police on Tuesday said the current situation was "not right." Andy Marsh, chief constable of Hampshire Police, says their intent was to secure his safety - "not to deny him family support at this particularly challenging time in his life."

Earlier in the day Cameron told the radio station LBC that the plight of Ashya reminded him of his late son Ivan, who had cerebral palsy and epilepsy. The prime minister recalled having his own son sit on his lap and feeding him through a tube.

"I just hope there'll be an outbreak of common sense - and a rapid outbreak of common sense - so that the family can be reunited with this young boy and the best treatment can be given to him, either in the United Kingdom or elsewhere," he said.

A Spanish court spokesman declined immediate comment on when the parents could be released, but a lawyer for the couple said the judge has the options of releasing them immediately or having them stay overnight in jail to be released at the previously scheduled court hearing at 11 a.m. (0900GMT) Wednesday.

"The only reason for them to stay in prison has expired," lawyer Francesco Luca Caronna told The Associated Press. "If the system works, they should open the doors to the jail immediately."

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Associated Press writer Jorge Sainz contributed to this report from Madrid.

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