Saudi embassy official wishes asylum seeker’s phone was taken

Saudi embassy charge d’affaires Abdulilah al-Shouaibi remarks at a meeting that Thai authorities should have confiscated Saudi asylum-seeker Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun’s “cell phone instead of her passport”, after she galvanised a global campaign with her social media savvy. The UN has said an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family is a legitimate refugee and has asked Australia to resettle her, Canberra said, as the Twitter-led campaign to grant her asylum edged towards resolution.