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Judge: I have power to help woman 'imprisoned by father' in Saudi Arabia

Published 03/08/2016

Amina Al-Jeffery says she is being held against her will in Saudi Arabia
Amina Al-Jeffery says she is being held against her will in Saudi Arabia

A High Court judge says he has the power to help a 21-year-old woman who claims her father has imprisoned her at his home in Saudi Arabia.

But Mr Justice Holman said he has to decide whether to exercise that power.

Amina Al-Jeffery, who grew up in Swansea and has dual British and Saudi Arabian nationality, says her father, Saudi Arabian academic Mohammed Al-Jeffery, locks her up because she ''kissed a guy''.

Lawyers representing Miss Al-Jeffery have taken legal action and asked Mr Justice Holman to look at ways of helping her.

The judge, who analysed argument at a public hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London in July, has begun to deliver a ruling.

Mr Justice Holman was told that Miss Al-Jeffery left Swansea and moved to Saudi Arabia with her family four years ago.

"This is a very unusual case," said Mr Justice Holman.

"There is no doubt that I have the ... power."

But he added: "How far could or should this court go to seek to protect a British citizen who resides abroad?"

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