Amina Al-Jef­fery: 'Locked up' woman must be al­lowed home

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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.

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