A Welsh schoolgirl has been kept prisoner in a cage by her own father for more than four years after she was accused of un-Islamic behaviour, a court heard yesterday.

Amina Al-Jeffery was born in Swansea but then taken to Saudi Arabia, aged 16, because her father, an academic, did not agree with her western lifestyle.

She has since been held as a prisoner at her father’s home in Jeddah, the family division of the High Court was told yesterday.

The forced marriage unit of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said that the Saudi authorities would not recognise Miss Al-Jeffery’s British citizenship and ‘steps need to be taken to ensure Amina is returned to the UK where her safety can be guaranteed’.

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