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Saudi teenager claims she has been granted asylum in Australia



A Saudi teenager claimed to have received asylum in Australia after escaping from his "abusive" family and was detained in Bangkok.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun captured international attention when he posted on social media and asked for help from passengers to listen to his asylum request. The 18-year-old renounced Islam and said he feared she would be killed for such an action if she returned to Saudi Arabia.

Ms. al-Qunun's case was referred to Australia by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees who decided she was a true refugee.

"They (Australia) have accepted me, I'm so happy! I'll start a new life," he said The Daily Mail in an interview today.

Ms. al-Qunun said she would leave for her new home "soon" and was assigned an apartment in an unknown city or city. The Australian government has not confirmed that it has or will be granted asylum.

"I survived death," he said, reflecting that from the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a Saudi consulate in Instabul he feared for his life.

"I'm afraid of being killed just like him."

In the interview, Ms. al-Qunun replied to statements that she had manipulated social media to get asylum.

"I want life, I want to be independent," he said. "How can they say this just because I do something he does not like?"

"I want to become a strong woman, I want freedom of expression, religion and politics.

" I want to live a normal life. "

The Department of Home Affairs has not confirmed that Ms. al-Qunun will be resettled to Australia.

A department spokeswoman said:" UNHCR has referred Ms. Rahaf Mohammed Al-Qunun to Australia to be considered for resettlement of refugees.

"The Department of Internal Affairs will consider this postponement in the usual way, as it does with all UNHCR representatives.

" The government will not make further comments on this topic. "

Yesterday Interior Minister Peter Dutton said there will be no" special treatment "in the assessment of Mrs al-Qunun's case

" No one wants to see a girl in need and now has obviously found a refuge safe in Thailand "Mr Dutton said.


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