UN confirms it has received allegations of captive Saudi princesses, no word on action

United Nations officials confirm they have received allegations that Saudi Arabian princesses have been held against their will.

But Xabier Celaya of the U.N.'s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights told The Associated Press that U.N. officials are "not in a position to confirm if any action has been taken on this case."

Celaya said Wedneday that the claims have been brought to the attention of the U.N. special investigator on violence against women.

The case stems from an email sent to the United Nations and The Sunday Times of London, which published a story saying two daughters of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia claim they and their sisters have been held against their will for 13 years in a royal palace compound in Jeddah.