Saudi princess seeks political asylum in Britain

July 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.

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