January 11, 2019 / 3:26 PM / 3 months ago

Saudi asylum seeker to leave for Canada Friday night: Thai immigration chief

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, a Saudi woman who claims to be fleeing her country and family, is seen in Bangkok, Thailand January 7, 2019 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. TWITTER/@rahaf84427714 via REUTERS

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Saudi teenager who fled to Thailand saying she feared her family would kill her has been granted asylum in Canada, the Thai immigration chief told Reuters on Friday.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, will be boarding a Korean Air flight from Bangkok to Seoul on Friday night, immigration chief Surachate Hakpark said, before boarding a connecting flight to Canada.

“Canada has granted her asylum,” Surachate told Reuters. “She’ll leave tonight at 11.15 p.m.”

Canadian officials were not immediately available for comment.

Reporting by Kay Johnson, Editing by William Maclean

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