Amina Al-Jeffery: 'Locked up' woman must be allowed home
Her father, Mohammed, who said he did it to “save her life”, took Amina Al-Jeffery, 21, who was born and brought up in Swansea, to Jeddah in 2012.
Mr. Al-Jeffery has denied the allegations at the High Court. But, Mr. Justice Holman said she had been "deprived of her liberty" and her father must facilitate her return.
Ms. Al-Jeffery, who has dual nationality, says her father took the action against her will after she "kissed a guy".
Delivering the court order, Mr. Justice Holman said Mr. Al-Jeffery "must permit and facilitate the return of Amina, if she so wishes to be in Wales or England and pay the airfare" by 11 September.
However, he accepted there was "little or nothing this court could do" to enforce the order if Mr. Al-Jeffery "was determined not to comply with it". But, he said Mr. Al-Jeffery might face contempt of court proceedings if he returned too Britain without having complied.
Mr. Justice Holman added: "There are no conventions between Britain and Saudi Arabia. The courts in Saudi Arabia would not even recognise the basis of the claim, because it does not recognise dual nationality."
Her lawyer, Anne-Marie Hutchinson QC, said she has been unable to take instructions from Ms. Al-Jeffery, who sent her emails in December 2015.
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.
Ms. Hutchinson later told BBC Newsnight, it had been a "difficult" but "compelling" case to work on.
"I'm absolutely delighted that the judge has said he has got jurisdiction and that he has gone on to exercise his jurisdiction and make orders”.
"I'm expecting him [Mr. Al-Jeffery,] to comply with the order," she said.
Mr. Al-Jeffery, who did not attend the case, 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 Ms. Al-Jeffery was safe and was not being mistreated.
- BBC News
Amina Al-Jeffery claims she is being kept in a caged room in Saudi Arabia.