Britain's highest court allows a Lebanese woman to stay in Britain rather than lose her son. But they stress that only 'flagrant' human rights breaches will come within the law.

The law lords ruled this morning ruled that it would be a "flagrant breach" of the European Convention on Human Rights for the government to remove a woman to Lebanon where she would automatically lose custody of her 12-year old son under Lebanon's sharia family law.

The woman – referred to only as EM – came to the UK on false documents in 2004 with her son, AF, then aged eight. She has had sole custody of AF since birth but fled from her allegedly violent husband in Lebanon because of laws that automatically award fathers physical custody of their children from the age of seven.

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