Category Archives: Disappeared

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.”

$400 Million Airlifted by US to Iran as Detained Americans Released

The U.S. government airlifted the equivalent of $400 million to Iran this past January, which occurred as four detained Americans were released by Tehran.

The cash flown to Iran consisted of euros, Swiss francs, and other currencies because U.S. law forbids transacting American dollars with Iran.

The cash transfer was supposed to be the first installment paid in a $1.7 billion settlement the Obama administration reached with Iran to resolve a failed 1979 arms deal dating from just before the Iranian Revolution.

State Department spokesman John Kirby denied the cash transfer was done to secure the release of the four Americans, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine; Christian pastor Saeed Abedini and Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari, whose case had not been publicized before the release.

“The negotiations over the arms deal settlement and were completely separate from the discussions about returning our American citizens home,” Kirby said in a statement. “Not only were the two negotiations separate, they were conducted by different teams on each side.”

“The funds that were transferred to Iran were related solely to the settlement of a long-standing claim at the U.S.-Iran Claims Tribunal at The Hague,” Kirby’s statement concluded.

Since the cash was airlifted, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has arrested two more Iranian-Americans. Tehran has also detained dual-nationals from France, Canada and the U.K. in recent months.

“Paying ransom to kidnappers puts Americans even more at risk,” Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., said in a statement. “While Americans were relieved by Iran’s overdue release of illegally imprisoned American hostages, the White House’s policy of appeasement has led Iran to illegally seize more American hostages.”

Matthew Trevithick Is Being Released By Iran

A fifth American, Matthew Trevithick, is being released by Iran, U.S. officials said today.

Senior U.S. administration officials described Trevithick as a student who was recently detained in Iran.

His release is not part of a prison swap that freed four U.S. prisoners in exchange for seven Iranians held by the United States on sanctions charges, the officials confirmed. The prisoner swap came after more than a year of secret negotiations, the officials said.

In addition, the agreement calls for Iranian officials to “continue cooperating with the United States to determine the whereabouts of Robert Levinson,” a U.S. official said on background. Levinson is the former FBI agent and CIA contractor who went missing in Iran in 2007.

Iran has denied holding him.

William Tyrell Disappeared – Kendall, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA

William Tyrell disappeared from his grandmother’s front yard in Kendall, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA in September of 2014. He is assumed to be a victim of a pedophile ring. People are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1800333000 (This is an Australian Phone #; with country code: 611800333000) if they have any information.

Australian Crime Stoppers: 1800333000
Australian Crime Stoppers International: 611800333000
(You may even call your local police department, they will indeed help.)