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UN: Claim of captive Saudi princesses received

GENEVA (AP) - The United Nations has received pleas to help free several Saudi Arabian princesses allegedly being held against their will in a royal compound, officials confirmed Wednesday.

Allegations submitted to the U.N. human rights office claim that several daughters of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia have been held for the past 13 years in the royal compound in Jeddah.

In a rare disclosure about allegations received by not yet investigated, the U.N.'s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights confirmed receipt of the emailed complaints but said it could be several months at least before anything is officially published about the case.

The office did not say whether it considered the complaints substantial enough to warrant a follow-up investigation. Xabier Celaya of the U.N.'s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights told The Associated Press that U.N. officials are "not in a position to confirm if any action has been taken on this case."

She said Wednesday that the claims were brought to the attention of the U.N. special investigator on violence against women, who along with investigators on other issues receives complaints from around the world and must determine which ones merit a closer look. There was no immediate reaction from the Saudi U.N. mission in Geneva.

The case stems from an email sent to the United Nations and The Sunday Times of London, which published a story saying two daughters of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia - Princesses Sahar, 42, and Jawaher, 38 - had appealed for help claiming they and their sisters have been held for 13 years in the royal compound.

The newspaper said that their mother, Alanoud Alfayez, who lives in London and is divorced from the king, also contacted the United Nations seeking help with the case.

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pacomj60 March 12 2014 at 4:35 PM

First I believe they are being held. Second remember women are slaves in Saudi Arabia.

Finally remember that 13 of 15 hijackers who attacked the twin towers were Saudi, yet this country goes un punished. It is time to follow the Rhomen approach where they said you go after a Roman or a spouce of a Rhoman the leagons follow.

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vtmilitia March 12 2014 at 5:50 PM

I'll wager the horses owned by the king have more freedom.

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JIM ISHOO March 12 2014 at 4:27 PM

what you expect from bunch of camel jockies. Women over there can't even drive.

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njkahok JIM ISHOO March 12 2014 at 7:11 PM

Camel jockies that can afford anything they want, what can you do for yourself

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agesnow March 12 2014 at 6:26 PM

Start by opening our own Oil Reserves and become ZERO OIL-DEPENDENT on THEM and THEIR kind. The rest will itself follow in due time.

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pinochlenana March 12 2014 at 4:01 PM

Wow, those people's aunt sure does get around.

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Leo March 12 2014 at 3:58 PM

Good luck fighting MONEY!

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Queen Darling March 12 2014 at 6:37 PM

No one should be shocked by this information. It is called Sharia Law. Women and girls have no rights, as they are considered property.

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cosmeds March 12 2014 at 3:46 PM

Apple I totally agree with you......................

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CAMERON March 12 2014 at 3:45 PM

Horrible. But is this the way of life in the Middle East country's.

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chefjohnp March 12 2014 at 3:43 PM

Those guys have always struck me as being a little wacked out!

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