Boris Johnson is being asked to secure the safe return of a British woman who claims her father has locked her up in Saudi Arabia.
Amina al-Jeffery, 21, was supposed to have come back to Britain by 4pm on 11 September, in line with a high court order made last month, but she has yet to return.
Mr Justice Holman at the family division of the high court ordered Saudi academic Mohammed al-Jeffery to permit and facilitate the return of his daughter to England or Wales.
Geraint Davies, the MP for Swansea West, has since written to the foreign secretary asking what he intends to do and saying Johnson is directly responsible for her freedom and safety.
She is a 22-year-old British citizen who has said she has been held against her will, the Labour MP said in the letter. Therefore, for you as foreign secretary to fail to secure her safe return would be a dereliction of your duty.
Jeffery – who grew up in Swansea and has dual British and Saudi Arabian nationality – said her father had locked her up in his flat in Jeddah because she had kissed a man.
She had described herself as being locked in a cage. But her father disputed the allegations and said he was trying to protect her.
At the public court hearing in August, Holman concluded that Jeffery’s freedom of movement had been severely constrained.
Davies said in his letter to Johnson: I appreciate Amina’s father may try to make some implausible suggestion that Amina no longer wants to return and that you may wish to acquiesce this absurdity to avoid embarrassing the Saudi authorities.
However, claims made under duress should be rejected. If Amina is in the captivity of her father then he may compel her to make statements by email, text message or telephone from captivity.
The Labour MP said only once Amina had returned to the UK, was free from coercion and judged to be mentally fit could a decision to stay in Saudi Arabia be believed.
A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: We are in contact with Ms Al-Jeffery and are ready to provide her with assistance if needed. We will also remain in contact with her legal team and Saudi authorities.
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