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Saudi girl who ran away from family blames women for ‘inciting’ escape

A Saudi girl who ran away from her family in Turkey has returned to Saudi Arabia, accusing a group of Saudi women of inciting her escape

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A Saudi girl who ran away from her family in Turkey and made her way to Georgia in July has returned to the kingdom, accusing a group of Saudi women of inciting her escape.

Now the authorities are investigating the girl's claims and interrogating the women accused of inciting her to run away.

The case was initially closed in August after the girl initially claimed she ran away because her parents had physically abused her – a claimed she later denied on her Twitter account.

The Saudi embassy in Azerbaijan said in a statement earlier this year that the girl was in Turkey on vacation with her parents before she fled. The statement added that she had been found, and that she escaped because of a dispute with her family.

The girl had to return to Saudi Arabia after she was refused asylum in Georgia where she had been staying in a shelter. She returned to Riyadh and filed a complaint against a group of Saudi women human rights' activists, including an academic. She accused them of deceiving her and helping her escape.