SAUDI teen Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun has suggested since she chose to find haven in Canada instead of Australia.
The 18-year-old Saudi lady fled her “abusive” family final week while they were on a outing to Kuwait.
Initially she was streamer for Australia around Bangkok though she was chased by Saudi officials who seized her passport.
Before she boarded her moody to Toronto, she explained: “(Australia) takes too long. That’s since we went to Canada.”
Today she perceived a extensive acquire as she arrived during Toronto’s International Airport smiling in a ‘Canada’ hoodie.
Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland hailed her a “brave new Canadian”, and pronounced “she wanted Canadians to see that she has arrived during her new home”.
Rahaf grabbed general courtesy after she barricaded herself in a Bangkok hotel room, facing to be sent home to her family.
She shortly started posting messages on Twitter from a movement area of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airfield observant she had “escaped Kuwait” and her life would be in risk if forced to lapse to Saudi Arabia.
Her pass was taken after a relations is pronounced to have reported her for travelling though a association of a masculine guardian.
She added: “I have been threatened by several staff from a Saudi embassy and a Kuwaiti airlines, and they said, ‘If we run, we will find we and kidnap you, afterwards understanding with you’.
“I unequivocally don’t know how they are going to act in box we run.”
Rahaf also common a twitter that she claimed was from her cousin in that she is threatened with being “slaughtered”.
Her father, a supervision official, contacted Saudi officials in Thailand seeking for their “help” in removing her behind – though Rahaf claims he told them she was mentally ill.
Thailand officials pronounced she will currently be deported to Saudi Arabia – where renouncing Islam is punishable by death.
Thailand’s immigration arch Surachate Hakparn said: “Rahaf Mohammed M Alqunun ran divided from her family to equivocate matrimony and she is endangered she might be in difficulty returning to Saudi Arabia,” before adding, “It’s a family problem”.
Gen Surachate told a BBC he was unknowingly of any pass seizure.
Rahaf has denied that she ran divided from home to equivocate removing married – and claimed she was duped into handing over her pass by airfield confidence operative on interest of a Saudis.
Thai immigration authorities denied Rahaf’s allegations they were behaving during a insistence of a Saudi government.
Officials pronounced she was refused entrance to Thailand on Saturday night since she did not have a correct papers for a visa on arrival.
Rahaf pronounced she had performed an Australian visa and requisitioned a flight.
She pronounced she designed to spend a few days in Thailand, a renouned end for medical treatment, so she would not hint guess when she left Kuwait.
She said: “When we landed during a airport, someone came and pronounced he would routine a (Thai) visa though he took my passport.
“He came behind with what seemed to be airfield confidence and pronounced that my relatives objected and pronounced we contingency lapse to Saudi Arabia around Kuwait Airways.”
Rahaf combined she believed she was stopped after her family appealed to Kuwait Airways.
A orator for Kuwait Airways pronounced he had no information about a case.
Rahaf’s conditions has chilling echoes of Princess Latifa of Dubai’s ordeal that saw a Gulf state stately who vanished in puzzling resources in Mar amid reports that she was seized by commandos as she crossed a Indian Ocean on a yacht.
She was pronounced to have fled a emirate on a vessel skippered by a former French comprehension officer named Hervé Jaubert.
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