Girl caged by father after she 'kissed a guy'

Girl caged by father after she 'kissed a guy'
Published: 2016 July 28 22:43:36 (4905 Views)
A judge has raised concerns over the welfare of a British schoolgirl who was caged for four years by her father because she "kissed a guy".

Amina Al-Jeffery, who was born in Swansea, has been beaten and starved by her father, Mohammed Al-Jeffery, since she was 16 for her "un-Islamic" behaviour, the High Court was told.

The Foreign Office is trying to bring Amina home amid fears for her safety – but the Saudi government has given Mr Al-Jeffery funding to fight the High Court's order to return her.

Henry Setright, QC, representing Amina, said the 21-year-old was moved to Saudi Arabia five years ago and held as a prisoner because her father did not agree with her western lifestyle.

The judge is analysing the case at a public hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

Mr Justice Holman described the case as very serious and said Mr Al-Jeffery, who is in his 60s, was not seeing the situation through the "right perspective".

The judge said it was possible that Miss Al-Jeffery was being manipulative but there was a "degree of admission" from her father.

He said Mr Al-Jeffery had admitted locking his daughter in his flat when he went out.

Mr Al-Jeffery also admitted previously having "steel latticework" over the windows so Miss Al-Jeffery could not shout out.



"I provisionally feel that we – this state, this court – need to feel very concerned about the welfare of this British citizen," the judge said.

The 62-year-old, who works at the King Abdulaziz University, was told to take his daughter to the British consulate in Jeddah to meet her lawyers.

But he refused to so unless the Foreign Office vowed not to grant her "sanctuary".

At an earlier meeting the 21-year-old managed to slip a note under the table to a member of embassy staff allegedly saying she feared for her future.

Ms Hutchinson, a member of the international Academy of Family Lawyers, said: "She is a normal Welsh girl and still has her Welsh accent.

"She wants to return home so she can have control of her own life and make her own choices."

But Marcus Scott-Manderson, QC, representing Mr Al-Jeffery said he "could not bring himself" to obey the court order.

Mr Justice Holman said that the jurisdiction of the British courts was not clear because Amina was now an adult with dual Saudi and UK citizenship.

He said: "We have to be careful about asserting the supremacy our cultural standards."



Source - Sun

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