Woman ‘imprisoned’ by father in Saudi Arabia ‘still waiting to talk to lawyer’

February 16 2017, 4.23pmUpdated: February 16 2017, 8.39pm
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A woman who complained that she had been imprisoned by her father in Jeddah is still waiting to discuss her plight face-to-face with a lawyer, a High Court judge has been told.

Mr Justice Holman analysed Amina Al-Jeffery’s case at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London during the summer of 2016.

Miss Al-Jeffery – who grew up in Swansea and has dual British and Saudi Arabian nationality – complained her father Mohammed Al-Jeffery had locked her up in his flat because she had ”kissed a guy”.

Her father, a Saudi academic, disputed her allegations and said he was trying to protect her.

Mr Justice Holman concluded that Miss Al-Jeffery’s freedom of movement had been severely constrained.

He ordered Mr Al-Jeffery to ”permit and facilitate” Miss Al-Jeffery’s return to England or Wales.

But Miss Al-Jeffery, who is in her early 20s, has not returned.

Miss Al-Jeffery’s solicitor, Anne-Marie Hutchinson, is now trying to arrange a meeting in Saudi Arabia.

But Mr Justice Holman has been told that Ms Hutchinson has yet to be granted a visa to enter Saudi Arabia.

The judge revealed detail of Ms Hutchinson’s travel difficulties in a statement released on Thursday.

He had been scheduled to analyse developments in the case at a hearing on February 13.

Lawyers say another hearing has been scheduled for April 5.

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