Family angry over daughter held in Kuwait prison despite appeal win

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By Rhiannon Wilkins
BBC News

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image captionSara Assayed has been cleared of immoderate wrongdoing but is inactive successful situation awaiting deportation

The household of a pistillate who is successful situation successful Kuwait person urged the UK authorities to assistance to unafraid her release.

Sara Assayed, 35, from Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, works arsenic a superior schoolhouse teacher successful Kuwait City, wherever she has been surviving since she was 17.

She was jailed for 10 years successful March 2021 erstwhile drugs were allegedly recovered successful her car. Despite being cleared connected entreaty past month, she remains successful jail.

The Foreign Office confirmed it was assisting a British national.

The Kuwaiti authorities has been asked to comment.

Ms Assayed was arrested successful March 2019 aft she was stopped successful her car connected her mode location from schoolhouse with different teacher, and constabulary officers alleged drugs were recovered successful the vehicle.

After being incapable to permission the state for months portion connected bail, Ms Assayed was jailed.

The teacher won an entreaty against her condemnation entreaty connected 15 June and has been told the Kuwaiti authorities mean to deport her to the UK.

But her household accidental she is inactive successful prison, wherever she is being kept successful a solitary cell.

image captionSara Assayed's parents person been trying to unafraid her release

Her parent Helen Conibear and begetter Ziad Assayed, who unrecorded successful Barry, person described the concern arsenic "heart-breaking" and said it was taking a unspeakable toll connected their daughter's intelligence health.

"We're conscionable disquieted and she's crying. She calls astatine nighttime and she's crying," Mr Assayed told BBC Wales.

They accidental their girl had ever maintained her innocence and was not allowed to talk during her trial, which lasted conscionable minutes.

However, the Kuwaiti entreaty tribunal quashed her condemnation past period aft ruling determination was insufficient evidence.

She remains successful jailhouse and the process to statesman her deportation appears to person stalled.

Her parents said they person been bitterly disappointed with the effect from the British Embassy successful Kuwait and from the Foreign Office.

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image captionSara Assayed besides helps rehome animals

They said they person spent astir £20,000 successful ineligible fees. One lawyer, recommended by the embassy, took thousands of pounds but did thing to help, the household person claimed.

"Every clip I interaction the Foreign Office they say: 'We can't bash anything'," said Mr Assayed.

Mr Assayed is simply a Jordanian-born technologist and his household spent respective years surviving and moving successful Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

The household moved to Kuwait successful 2002, and Ms Assayed decided to proceed her acquisition and vocation successful the state erstwhile her parents aboriginal returned to Barry.

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image captionMs Assayed, 35, has been surviving successful Kuwait since she was 18

"We're each trying. The full household is trying," said Ms Conibear. "We've sent emails to MPs, we've tried everything."

Mr Assayed added: "From the beginning, we judge that the constabulary probe was each fabricated. They took her car, they enactment thing successful the car and past it came back."

He aboriginal visited Sara successful the situation successful the Kuwaiti godforsaken and described the conditions arsenic "overcrowded" and "inhumane".

He added: "We were waiting for her to beryllium deported. Kuwaiti instrumentality says that anyone who was progressive successful a case, whether blameworthy oregon not guilty, has to beryllium deported from Kuwait."

The household person tried to get assistance from charities including Prisoners Abroad and Amnesty International, but were told they could not assistance successful Sara's case.

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image captionSara Assayed's household accidental they consciousness "helpless"

"We conscionable privation them to accelerate her deportation," Mr Assayed said.

"The worst feeling is the feeling of being helpless. She needs our assistance and we can't assistance her. She's determination for the incorrect reasons. It's unjust for her to beryllium successful situation erstwhile she's innocent.

"She wants to perceive quality astir her lawsuit and cipher is telling her anything. We conscionable request to cognize immoderate dates truthful she tin person hope. She doesn't person hope."

A Foreign Office spokesperson said: "We are assisting a British nationalist who is detained successful Kuwait and are successful interaction with their household and the section authorities."

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