Runaway's lawyer faces ethics charges

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- A Florida lawyer who represented a teenage runaway who said her Muslim parents might kill her has been charged with ethical violations.

Lawyer: Runaway Muslim girl has cancer

COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 25 (UPI) -- A Muslim girl who ran away from her parents to join a Christian couple she met on the Internet is suffering from cancer, her Florida lawyer says.

Ohio judge denies parents a trial

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 3 (UPI) -- An Ohio judge urged a runaway who claimed her father wanted to kill her for abandoning Islam to work out her disagreements with her parents.

Teen convert to stay in foster care

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A judge has ruled an Ohio teenager who says her Muslim father wanted to kill her for becoming a Christian should remain in foster care for now.

No mediation for runaway's family

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- An Ohio judge refused Tuesday to order mediation for the family of a teenager who says her Muslim father threatened to kill her for converting.

Report: No evidence girl would be harmed

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Investigators have found no evidence an Ohio couple planned to harm their 17-year-old Muslim daughter because she converted to Christianity, officials said.

Report: No credible threats against teen

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A Florida Department of Law Enforcement report said investigators did not find any credible threats against a Muslim teen who converted to Christianity.

Muslims question coverage of runaway case

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Some Muslims in Orlando, Fla., say the portrayal of the ongoing case involving a runaway daughter could be detrimental to the Muslim community.
Lawyer says Crist politicized family issue

Lawyer says Crist politicized family issue

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- An attorney for the mother of a teen girl who ran away from her Muslim family in Ohio and wound up in Florida said Florida's governor politicized the matter.

Christian convert to stay in Fla. for now

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- A girl who says she ran away from home after her father threatened to kill her for converting to Christianity can stay in Florida -- for now, a judge has ruled.

Fla. official opposes return of Ohio teen

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A Florida state lawmaker said Friday a 17-year-old runaway who turned up in Orlando should not be returned to Ohio where she faces an alleged death threat.

Fathima Rifqa Bary is an American teenager of Sri Lankan descent who drew international attention in 2009 when she ran away from home and claimed that her Muslim parents might kill her for having converted to Christianity. Two independent investigations in Ohio and Florida found no credible evidence that her life was in danger . A relatively minor issue on the face of it, Ms. Bary's case has become a focal point in a culture clash between Evangelical Christians and Muslim Americans. Muslim sources say it is motivated by Islamophobia, Christian sources say they fear for Bary's life because they believe islamic Sharia law mandates honor killing for apostasy.

Fathima Rifqa Bary is the 17 year old daughter of Mohamed and Aysha Bary, Muslim immigrants from Sri Lanka. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio. the family attended the Noor Islamic Cultural Center near Columbus, Ohio.

According to Time Magazine, Rifqa ran away from home in July 2009 to the home of a Christian pastor in Florida whose wife she had met on Facebook. She had been with Reverend Blake Lorenz and his wife Mrs. Beverly Lorenz for three weeks before they contacted child welfare authorities. Her case drew attention when she appeared on television and declared that her father "said he would kill me or send me back to Sri Lanka," describing herself as the intended victim of an honor killing. A friend from the House of Prayer in Columbus, Ohio, drove a bus station where she purchased a ticket under an assumed name for her bus ride to Orlando.

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