Two Men Sentenced to Jail and Flogging in ‘Khobar Girl’ Case

The Al-Khobar District Court found a Lebanese national and a Saudi guilty of brainwashing a Saudi woman to convert to Christianity and helping her leave the Kingdom with a false travel permit over a year ago, local media reported on Sunday.

The Lebanese man was sentenced to six years in prison and 300 lashes while the Saudi was sentenced to two years and 200 lashes.

The July 2012 case created a stir in the Kingdom.

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

Except that Saudi media also reported last month that the girl has told the Saudi embassy in Stockholm that she has not converted to Christianity. According to a report in Al-Riyadh daily on April 25, the girl has apparently decided to flee due to a dispute with her family. The embassy attributed to the girl saying that she takes full responsibility of her decision without influence from anyone, Saudi or foreigner.