Saudi princess given secret asylum

The Independent reports today that a Saudi princess has been given asylum in the UK because she would be in danger of being stoned if she returned to Saudi Arabia.  She won her claim to political asylum, telling a judge that in Saudi Arabia she would be stoned to death for having an adulterous affair.

British diplomats, according to the Independent's article, do not want to criticise the persecution of women in Saudi Arabia by acknowledging the case and a small number of similar ones. 

Today's  Independent also reports that Saudi Arabia's only film festival has been cancelled in a government crackdown on culture.   

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