British woman who claims father imprisoned her in Saudi Arabia ‘sends friend picture of her cage’
- 20:23, 30 JUL 2016
- UPDATED 21:54, 30 JUL 2016
- BY RICHARD WHEATSTONE , BRIAN FARMER
Amina Al-Jeffery – who grew up in Swansea – has taken legal action against her father
The picture of Amina Al-Jeffery allegedly showing her locked up
A British woman who claims her father locked her up in Saudi Arabia “because she kissed a guy” sent a friend a picture of her “dressed in a cage”.
Amina Al-Jeffrey – who grew up in Swansea – alleges her father is keeping her imprisoned and has applied to the High Court in London to protect her.
Today The Times reports the 21-year-old sent a photograph of herself to friend Robyn Lewis last November.
With the photograph she reportedly wrote: “Just because I am dressed up, I am dressed up in a cage”.
Ms Lewis told the paper: “Amina sent me the message saying she didn’t want to be there.
“She said, you need to help me to get out of here.”
Ms Al-Jeffery’s case is being heard at the High Court
The photograph appears to show Ms Al-Jeffrey with cropped blonde hair, stood in front of a yellow, metal lattice with a padlock on her side of the apparent barrier.
Last week a judge heard claims Mohammed Al-Jeffery locked his daughter in a flat with ‘steel latticework’ over the windows as she kissed and hugged an American student on a Saudi university campus.
The public hearing at the High Court’s Family Division was told Ms Al-Jeffery moved to Saudi Arabia from Swansea four years ago at her father’s insistence because of her “toxic lifestyle”.
Lawyers representing Ms Al-Jeffery have asked Mr Justice Holman to look at ways of coming to her aid.
Mr Justice Holman said the case involved the welfare of an adult who was a British citizen.
He said: “This is not just tittle-tattle stuff. There are very serious issues here.
“She may indeed be expressing a preference to the more liberal lifestyle she knows goes on in this country.
“(Her father) is enforcing his point of view by locking her up.
“The central issue for me is, is she able to appeal to this country, of which she is a citizen, and say ‘Help me’?”
The case is being heard at the High Court in London
Marcus Scott-Manderson, representing Mr Al-Jeffery said he had had “required” his daughter to go to South Africa when she was 16 because he was concerned about the life she led in South Wales.
He told the court: “His concern is that she is going to be at risk (in Britain).
“He is the head of a family that has its own moral and cultural standards.”
Mr Justice Holman said he might have the power to order Mr Al-Jeffery to facilitate his daughter’s return to the UK – but might have difficulty enforcing such an order.
A hearing ended late on Thursday, lawyers are due to file final documentation on Monday and Mr Justice Holman is scheduled to deliver a ruling on Wednesday.
Neither Ms Al-Jeffery nor her father, who is in his 60s, have been at the court hearing in London.