KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ A prince locked in a custody battle with his former wife said Friday he would seek her extradition from Australia to face a charge of fleeing the nation with their two children.

Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah told the national news agency Bernama he was taking the step because his former wife, Jacqueline Gillespie, was trying to have him extradited to her native Australia on charges of taking the children back.

Gillespie allegedly took the children, Iddin, 10, and Shahirah, 9, to Australia in 1985 and kept them there.

Gillespie has alleged Kamarul abducted the two children from her while visiting them in Australia in July.

Kamarul told reporters he took the children because Gillespie was not bringing them up as Muslims.