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Father of UK woman ‘caged’ in Saudi Arabia must help her return, Judge rules

Amina Al-Jeffery
Amina Al-Jeffery

A Saudi academic must facilitate the return of his 21-year-old daughter to the UK, a British High Court judge has ruled.

Amina Al-Jeffery - who grew up in Swansea and has dual British and Saudi Arabian nationality - says her father, Saudi Arabian academic Mohammed Al-Jeffery, locks her up because she ''kissed a guy''.

Lawyers representing Miss Al-Jeffery have taken legal action and asked Mr Justice Holman to look at ways of helping her.

The judge, who analysed the arguments at a public hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London in July, has begun to deliver a ruling.

Mr Justice Holman was told that Miss Al-Jeffery left Swansea and moved to Saudi Arabia with her family four years ago.

Mr Justice Holman said he had concluded that Miss Al-Jeffery's freedom of movement had been severely constrained.

He said she could be described as "caged" - although not literally "in a cage".

The judge said Mr Al-Jeffery should give his daughter her Saudi and British passports and pay her fare.

He added: "Current circumstances are such that this British citizen does require protection. She is currently in peril from which she requires to be rescued."

The judge said he had decided that he should take steps to protect Miss Al-Jeffery from London.

He added: "To do nothing at all would, in my view, be dereliction towards Amina."

Solicitor Anne-Marie Hutchinson, who represented Miss Al-Jeffery, said after the ruling: "We have got exactly what we wanted."