Saudi princess seeks political asylum in BritainJuly 9th, 2012 - 10:44 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 9 (IANS) A Saudi Arabian princess has sought political asylum in Britain because she fears for her safety in her home country, the Daily Mail reported Monday.
Princess Sara bint Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, niece of Saudi Arabia’s ruler, is living here after claiming she is being persecuted by her own family and Saudi authorities.
She has accused Saudi officials of plotting to kidnap her and get her back to Riyadh, following “baseless” claims she has sided with Saudi Arabia’s political opponents.
Princess Sara, the pampered granddaughter of the Kingdom’s founder, is living in a five-star London hotel with her four children and two dogs.
She said she wanted political asylum as her and her children’s leave to stay in Britain had expired.
British ministers will have to assess her claims and decide whether to offer her asylum, thereby defying Saudi officials who want her to return to her native country.
Princess Sara has already lived in Britain since 2007, after falling out with her 80-year-old father, Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz al Saud, the newspaper said.
She has also been locked in a inheritance battle with her brother, Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al Saud, over their dead mother’s 325 million pound fortune.
- Saudi King Abdullah names Prince Salman crown prince - Jun 20, 2012
- Saudi crown prince dies in Geneva at 78 - Jun 16, 2012
- Saudi crown prince passes away in Geneva (Second Lead) - Jun 16, 2012
- Saudi crown prince,78, dies in Geneva (Lead) - Jun 16, 2012
- Saudi king chooses new crown prince, interior minister - Jun 18, 2012
- UAE mourns death of Saudi crown prince - Jun 16, 2012
- Antony's visit: India, Saudi Arabia seek stronger ties - Feb 15, 2012
- Gilani, Kayani to attend Saudi prince's funeral - Jun 17, 2012
- UAE leaders greet new Saudi crown prince - Jun 19, 2012
- Saudi king names new defence minister - Nov 06, 2011
- Saudi Arabia, Bahrain discuss bilateral relations - Aug 01, 2012
- Obama mourns death of Saudi crown prince - Jun 17, 2012
- India PM condoles Saudi prince's death - Jun 17, 2012
- Pakistan PM leaves for Saudi Arabia - Jul 15, 2012
- Salman Khurshid arrives for Saudi Arabian prince's funeral - Jun 17, 2012
Tags: al saud, baseless claims, bin talal, britain london, british ministers, daily mail, dead mother, granddaughter, niece, political asylum, political opponents, prince talal, prince turki, princess sara, saudi arabia, saudi arabian, saudi authorities, saudi officials, star london hotel, two dogs