Saudi teenager is granted asy­lum in Canada

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BANGKOK: Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau says Canada will grant asy­lum to a Saudi woman flee­ing al­leged fam­ily abuse. The UN High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees granted her refugee sta­tus on Wed­nes­day. Trudeau said Canada ac­cepted the UN’s re­quest.

Thai­land’s im­mi­gra­tion po­lice chief said Ra­haf Mo­hammed al-Qu­nun, 18, had left on a flight headed for Canada on Fri­day.

Alqu­nun was stopped last Satur­day at a Bangkok air­port by im­mi­gra­tion po­lice who de­nied her en­try and seized her pass­port.

She bar­ri­caded her­self in an air­port hotel room and launched a social me­dia cam­paign that drew global at­ten­tion to her case.

The move could fur­ther upset Saudi-Canada re­la­tions. In Au­gust, Saudi Ara­bia ex­pelled Canada’s am­bas­sador to the king­dom and with­drew its own am­bas­sador af­ter Canada’s for­eign min­istry sup­ported women’s rights ac­tivists who had been ar­rested. The Saudis also sold Cana­dian in­vest­ments and or­dered their cit­i­zens study­ing in Canada to leave. |

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