A young Briton who accused her father of keeping her 'caged' in Saudi Arabia for kissing a boy has dropped her legal case against him declaring her 'love and respect'. Amina Al-Jeffery, 21, took pictures of herself in front of metal bars at her academic father's home and accused him of throttling and starving her and keeping her locked up without access to a bathroom.
She last year started legal proceedings against her father Mohammed but in September emailed a High Court judge asking for her case to be dropped. High Court Family Division judge Mr Justice Holman initially declined her request saying 'we can't give up on her' but has now agreed to close the
case so the family can be reunited.
In a statement from her solicitor which was read in open court, Miss Al-Jeffery said that she 'loves' and 'trusts' her father, and accepts his assurances that she is free to travel back to the UK if and when she wishes. The judge said he was 'very pleased indeed that this sad and previously contentious case has resolved itself in this way.'
Miss Al-Jeffery, who has duel British and Saudi Arabian nationality, was moved to Saudi Arabia by her family some four years ago.
In bringing the proceedings to an end her father has given assurances embodied in the court order that she would not be prevented from working and studying or from pursuing her career and education.
She would also have free access to her telephone and laptop and 'free to enter into a marriage if and when she wishes.'
He would not prevent her leaving Saudi Arabia although she was not yet ready to do so, and would be treated no differently to her sisters.
In her statement Miss Hutchinson said that after taking legal advice Miss Al-Jeffery wanted to bring the proceedings to an end 'on the basis that she trusts her father to continue to comply with the assurances and meet the assurances which he has given to this court and most importantly which he has given to her.'
She added that Miss Al-Jeffery felt 'the conclusion of these proceedings will seal their relationship moving forward.'
The judge said offered his 'very sincere and genuine best wishes to Amina and her father and her family for their future relationships and their future lives generally.'