Father to contest sentence in daughter's conversion to Christianity

May 13, 2013 at 12:04 PM   |   Comments

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 13 (UPI) -- The father of a woman who fled Saudi Arabia after accepting Christianity says the sentence given the man responsible for the conversion isn't "appropriate."

That man, the Lebanese director of a company where the woman worked, has been sentenced to six years in prison and 300 lashes, Gulf News reported Monday.

The father of the woman said he would dispute the ruling, saying it was "not appropriate for what he has done to us."

"He has deprived us of our daughter and he must assume his responsibilities," said the father, who was not named. "We will ask the court to keep him behind bars until our daughter comes home."

The woman, known in Saudi media as "The Khobar Woman" in reference to the city where she worked, had been sentenced to six years in jail and 300 lashes. She has reportedly fled to Sweden.

The father said he hoped the Saudi Embassy in Sweden would work to return his daughter to Saudi Arabia. He said he would guarantee she would not be harmed.

A Saudi national who reportedly forged a travel document so the woman could flee the country was sentenced Saturday to two years in jail and 200 lashes.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
Northrop Grumman developing reusable space plane for lifting spacecraft into orbit
American photojournalist James Wright Foley executed by Islamic State
Construction on Russian gas line to China slated for September
Texas man on trial for 'public execution' of drunk driver
Brady Morton still missing after booze-soaked rafting trip
Trending News