(AsiaNews/Agencies) - In the latest twist of the case of a woman from
Al-Khobar, in eastern Saudi Arabia, who fled after converting
to Christianity, the Saudi Embassy in Sweden has been asked to find a
diplomatic solution to repatriate her after she moved to the Scandinavian
nation, this after her family's lawyer, Humood Al-Khaldi, said that she left
the country illegally with the complicity of an official in Passports Office in Al-Kharj.
The case, which came
to light last summer, involves a woman who worked at a bank or an insurance
company and became acquainted with Christianity through a Lebanese national and
a Saudi colleague.
She began to
meet with them secretly for a few months and eventually fell in love with the
Lebanese man who gave her books about Christianity and invited her to go to religious
converted, she fled to Lebanon with the help of the two men. When she left, her
father filed a missing person report.
The two men involved
in her flight were arrested and are now awaiting trial on charges of converting
her, making her abandon Islam and helping her leave the country.
According to her
family's lawyer, there must another accomplice in the Passports Department in Al-Kharj who granted her a passport
on the basis of a travel permit signed by her father. However, since she is
married, only her husband could sign such a document under Saudi law.
The fact that it was issued in Al-Kharj, even though she
lives in Al-Khobar, is another reason for suspicion.
Her family is now saying that she is repentant but is not coming home
out of fear of punishment.
In order to
convince her to return, the family said that it has written a letter pledging
not to harm her.
letter is said to exist in which she defends her new faith, claiming the Church
as her only home.