Two parents have denied trying to take their children out of the country in the face of a court order.
The man and woman from Teesside, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded not guilty to four charges at Teesside Crown Court today.
They are accused of breaching a forced marriage protection order by trying to take their children out of the country.
They deny flouting the order by “attempting to remove (the children) from the jurisdiction of England and Wales” more than a year ago.
They were stopped at the departure gate at Newcastle Airport on August 5 last year.
It is alleged they tried to board a flight to Dubai with their children aged four to 15, with a connection flight booked to Islamabad in Pakistan.
The forced marriage protection order was imposed at Middlesbrough County Court in January 2016.
Such orders are imposed to prevent forced marriages or protect people in a forced marriage.