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Judge Says Amina Al-Jeffery Must Be Allowed To Return Home

Judge Says Amina Al-Jeffery Must Be Allowed To Return Home

Amina Al-Jeffery, the Swansea woman who claims her father has kept her locked up against her will in Saudi Arabia must be allowed to return to Britain, a judge has ruled.

Amina Al-Jeffery, 21, who was born and brought up in the UK, was taken to Jeddah in 2012 by her father, Mohammed, who said he did it to “save her life”.

Mohammed Al-Jeffery has denied the allegations at the High Court.

But Justice Holman said she had been “deprived of her liberty” and her father must facilitate her return.

Mohammed Al-Jeffery, who has dual nationality, says her father took the action against her will after she “kissed a guy”.

Delivering the court order, Justice Holman said Mohammed Al-Jeffery “must permit and facilitate the return of Amina if she so wishes to Wales or England and pay the airfare” by 11 September.

The judge said the fact that Amina Al-Jeffery was born and brought up in Britain until she was almost 17 was a “very significant factor”.

Her lawyer, Anne-Marie Hutchinson QC, said she has been unable to take instruction from Amina Al-Jeffery, who sent her emails in December 2015.

The case is being heard at the Family Division of the High Court in London

She said she had been “physically abused” and there were times when she had not been allowed to leave her room, meaning she had to use it as a toilet.

She described having her head smacked against the wall.

Mohammed Al-Jeffery denied his daughter wanted to return to England or Wales.

He said he put up a barrier partition to stop her running away because he was concerned for her welfare, which was taken down on the advice of the authorities.

He said he wanted to make sure Amina Al-Jeffery was safe and not being mistreated.

The court was told that in April he instigated legal proceedings against his daughter in Jeddah “seeking parental control over his child for the purposes of caring and supervision”.

However, legal documentation said the “two parties agree to a reconciliation”.

But Justice Holman said that meant if “she were to run away the police, far from offering her protection from her father, would put her in prison”.

Justice Holman said: “If Amina chooses to remain voluntarily in Saudi Arabia she must of course adhere to the law and culture of that society but the current constraint is denying to her the ability to be British and to live in Britain.

“It is true that she is currently present and habitually resident in Saudi Arabia, but that is due to her obedience to her father in 2012. She did not travel there of her own free will.”

He said Mohammed Al-Jeffery “voluntarily chose to live for many years in Wales, to education and bring his children up here… and to accept the constraints of the legal system of England and Wales”.

The court was told Mohammed Al-Jeffery’s wife, from whom he is not estranged, and several of his children continue to live in the UK.

Swansea West MP Geraint Davies has written to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to demand immediate action over the case.

The former Swansea schoolgirl has been in touch with friends in the UK and asked them to contact the British Embassy to inform them of her situation, and has also sent a picture of what she claimed was the caged room her father had kept her in.

In a statement, the Foreign Office said: “We are providing assistance to a woman in Saudi Arabia.

“This has included visiting her and assisting her to speak to her lawyers in the UK as part of an ongoing legal process.”

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