An 18-year-old Saudi asylum-seeker who fled to Thailand, saying she feared her family would kill her, was expected to leave Bangkok on…
An 18-year-old Saudi asylum-seeker who fled to Thailand, saying she feared her family would kill her, was expected to leave Bangkok on Friday night and fly to Canada, the head of the Thai immigration police said.
Police Chief Surachate Hakparn said Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, who earlier sought asylum in Australia, will board a Korean Air flight to Seoul, where she will take a connecting flight to Canada.
“Canada has granted her asylum,” Surachate told Reuters. “She’ll leave tonight at 11:15 p.m.”
Canadian authorities said they could not confirm that the young woman had been granted asylum in the country.
“We have nothing new to add on this right now,” said a spokesman for Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, but a source told The Globe and Mail that she was headed to Canada.
The source, who was not authorized to speak about Canada’s role in Qunun’s case, said the government would not make any public comment until it was assured that she was safely in the country.

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