May 12, 2013

Saudi jails Lebanese man for helping woman to convert




A Saudi court jailed a Lebanese man for six years and sentenced him to 300 lashes after convicting him of encouraging a Saudi woman to convert to Christianity, local dailies reported Sunday.


The same court sentenced a Saudi man to two years in prison and 200 lashes for having helped the young woman flee the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom, local daily Al-Watan said.


A court delivered the verdict in Khobar in the kingdom's east, where the woman and the two accused worked for an insurance company.


The July 2012 case caused a stir in Saudi Arabia, which applies a strict version of Islamic Sharia law that stipulates Muslims who convert to another religion must be sentenced to death.


The woman, known only as "the girl of Khobar,” was granted refuge in Sweden where she lives under the protection of unspecified NGOs, according to local press reports.


She had appeared in a YouTube video last year in which she announced that she had chosen to convert to Christianity.


Her family's lawyer Hmood al-Khalidi said he was "satisfied with the verdict," according to the press.


Both men, who could also be prosecuted over other charges including corruption and forging official documents that allowed the woman to leave the country without her family's agreement, will appeal.


Speaking to NOW, Lebanese caretaker Foreign Affairs Minister Adnan Mansour said that the case was “personal and not political.”


“Like any other case that involves a foreigner convicted for breaking the law, we should not give the case another meaning.”


He added that his ministry was waiting for more information regarding the case to be provided by the Lebanese embassy in Saudi Arabia.





@allahthefoster thanks for showing us that leftists never use their brains.


@Allan Foster. Wow. Congratulations on spitting in the face of religious freedom and standing up for medieval-style punishment for someone exercising their basic human right to believe what they want to believe.


This man knew what would happen if he disobeyed the law, and now it will happen. This is a harsh justice, but justice none the less. Next time jhe should find some way to obey the law.