Saudi Father Told To Return Daughter To UK

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A Saudi father who allegedly locked his 21-year-
old daughter up must return her to Britain, a High
Court judge has ruled.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We recognise
that this is a distressing time for Ms Al-Jeffery.
“We have been providing assistance to her since
the case was first brought to our attention and will
continue to do so.
“British embassy staff have met with her to check
on her welfare and helped her speak to lawyers in
the UK.”
Speaking after the ruling, solicitor Anne-Marie
Hutchinson, who represented Miss Al-Jeffery said:
“We have got exactly what we wanted.
“We are delighted. My only concern is I don’t think
Amina knows.”
Amina Al-Jeffery, who grew up in Swansea, has
dual British and Saudi nationality.
Mr Justice Holman, who oversaw a public hearing
in the High Court’s Family Division last month,
heard that she moved to Jeddah in 2012 at her
father’s insistence.
She claimed that her father, Mohammed Al-Jeffery,
locked her up because she “kissed a guy”.
Her mother and siblings continue to live in the UK.
During the hearing, the judge said Mr Al-Jeffery
had admitted locking his daughter in his flat when
he went out.
Barrister Marcus Scott-Manderson QC,
representing Mr Al-Jeffery said: “He wants to help
Amina.
“He says he brought her to Saudi Arabia to help
her. The father says Amina was at risk in Britain.
“As head of the family it was (his) decision to
bring Amina to Saudi Arabia.
“(He) decided to do it because Amina was not
focusing on school.”
The judge noted that while it was possible Miss Al-
Jeffery was being manipulative, there was a
“degree of admission” from her father.
Miss Al-Jeffery has been in contact with friends in
the UK, asking for help.

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In his ruling, Mr Justice Holman said he had
concluded that Miss Al-Jeffery’s freedom of
movement had been severely constrained.
He said evidence showed there had been a metal
grill and a barrier in the flat.

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It is a form of caging,” he said. “Although not
itself a cage.
“Current circumstances are such that this British
citizen does require protection.
“She is currently in peril from which she requires
to be rescued.
“To do nothing at all would, in my view, be
dereliction towards Amina.”
The judge said that Mr Al-Jeffery, an academic,
should provide his daughter with her Saudi and
British passports and pay her fare.
While the judge said he had a “moral hold” over
Mr Al-Jeffery, he accepted there was little he could
do to enforce his ruling.
But should Mr Al-Jeffery return to Britain without
complying, Mr Justice Holman said he might face
contempt of court proceedings.
The judge said Miss Al-Jeffery should be returned
by 11 September.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We recognise
that this is a distressing time for Ms Al-Jeffery.
“We have been providing assistance to her since
the case was first brought to our attention and will
continue to do so.
“British embassy staff have met with her to check
on her welfare and helped her speak to lawyers in
the UK.”
Speaking after the ruling, solicitor Anne-Marie
Hutchinson, who represented Miss Al-Jeffery said:
“We have got exactly what we wanted.
“We are delighted. My only concern is I don’t think
Amina knows.”

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