Saudi woman is trapped at Bangkok airport after trying to flee family amid fears they would kill her for renouncing Islam

A young Saudi woman who says she has renounced Islam and could be killed if she returns home is trapped at Bangkok’s main airport.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, says she was on a trip to Kuwait with her family when she fled on a flight two days ago. She explained she tried to head to Australia, via Bangkok, to seek asylum but had her passport seized by a Saudi official.

Ms Rahaf claims that in addition to confiscating her passport, Saudi officials forcibly took her to the Miracle Transit Hotel at the airport, where she is being held until they take her home. Thai police, she said, had refused to help her.