Saudi princess gets asylum in Britain over illegitimate child

In an unpublicised case, a young Saudi Arabian Princess has been granted asylum by the British government after she pleaded that she would face death penalty if she returned home with her illegitimate child.

The young woman, married to an elderly member of the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia, won her claim for refugee status after telling a judge that her adulterous affair with her non-Muslim English boyfriend made her liable to death by stoning if she returned to her country, 'The Independent' reported.

She met her boyfriend here, struck up a relationship and became pregnant the following year. However, she persuaded her husband to let her return to the UK so that she could give birth in secret. Since she fled her own country, her husband's family and her own have broken off contact with her.

The case of the Saudi Princess, who has been granted anonymity, is one of a small number of claims for asylum which was brought by citizens of Saudi Arabia and are not openly acknowledged by either government.

In fact, such cases are not generally acknowledged by the British government for fear that highlighting persecution of women in the strict Muslim nation where people are executed by stoning and beheading, would strain relations with House of Saud, according to British diplomats.

The Home Office has declined to discuss the case. Even Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia has not commented on the issue.

According to Amnesty International, there were at least 102 executions of men and women by stoning, flogging, beheading and hangings last year and the charity claims there are at least 136 more people on death row.

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