Saudi seeking asylum is being flown to Canada

"Canada has granted her asylum," Surachate told Reuters. "She'll leave tonight at 11.15 p.m.”

By REUTERS
January 11, 2019 17:24
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, a Saudi woman who claims to be fleeing her country and family.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, a Saudi woman who claims to be fleeing her country and family, is seen in Bangkok, Thailand January 7, 2019.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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A Saudi teenager who fled to Thailand saying she feared her family would kill her has been granted asylum in Canada, the Thai immigration chief told Reuters on Friday. Thai airport officials report that she had boarded a flight on Friday evening.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, will be boarding a Korean Air flight from Bangkok to Seoul on Friday night, immigration chief Surachate Hakpark said, before boarding a connecting flight to Canada.

"Canada has granted her asylum," Surachate told Reuters. "She'll leave tonight at 11.15 p.m.”


The office of the Canadian foreign minister, however, said that it cannot confirm that the Saudi teen was granted asylum in Canada.

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