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Canada will grant asylum to Saudi woman fleeing alleged abuse: Trudeau

Saturday - 12/01/2019 10:44
'We have accepted the UN's request that we grant her asylum,' prime minister says
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, an 18-year old Saudi woman who fled alleged abuse from her family to seek asylum, is headed to Canada. (Sakchai Lalit/Associated Press)
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, an 18-year old Saudi woman who fled alleged abuse from her family to seek asylum, is headed to Canada. (Sakchai Lalit/Associated Press)

Canada will grant asylum to a Saudi woman who fled alleged abuse from her family and has spent nearly a week barricaded in a Bangkok hotel room, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The prime minister was asked about whether Canada would accept Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, as a refugee during a media availability in Regina on Friday.

"The [UN High Commissioner for Refugees] has made a request of Canada that we accept Ms. al-Qunun as a refugee and we have accepted the UN's request that we grant her asylum," he told reporters.

The young woman's story made international headlines after she was stopped at a Bangkok airport on Saturday by Thai immigration police, denied entry and had her passport seized.

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