An 18-year-old Saudi runaway who said she feared death if deported back home has arrived in Canada arm-in-arm with the country’s foreign minister.
A Saudi teenager who holed up in Thailand after fleeing alleged abuse by her family has left Bangkok for Canada to take up an offer of asylum, according to Thailand’s immigration police chief.
Thailand’s immigration police chief has met officials from the Saudi embassy in Bangkok as Saudi Arabia tried to distance itself from accusations that it attempted to block a young woman’s effort to flee her family and seek asylum abroad.
An 18-year-old Saudi Arabian woman who fled her family over alleged abuse and barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room in a bid for asylum will be allowed to stay in Thailand while her case is evaluated by the UN refugee agency, immigration authorities said.
Saudi Arabia’s decades-long ban on female motorists was lifted just two months ago, but CCTV footage shows that not all women have treated their newfound freedom with respect.