Back during the summer, a Saudi woman — reportedly 28 years old — is supposed to have converted to Christianity in Al-Khobar and then fled the country. There’s been a lot of back-and-forth about how she obtained false travel documents, who authorized her departure, whether she actually converted, whether she was mentally ill.
Today, Saudi Gazette reports that the unnamed woman has been granted political asylum in Sweden. I’m sure we’ve not heard the last on the case. Nor do we know the answers to any of the questions about it.
‘Al-Khobar girl’ granted asylum in Sweden, says Saudi embassy
Saudi Gazette report
DAMMAM — A Saudi girl who allegedly embraced Christianity and fled the Kingdom last September has been granted asylum in Sweden, Al-Yaum newspaper reported on Tuesday quoting diplomatic sources.
According to Taher Khoja from the Saudi Embassy in Stockholm, Maryam, known in the local media by her nickname Al-Khobar girl, “enjoys full rights, protection and immunity as a refugee under the Swedish law.”
The girl had left the Kingdom using fake travel documents with the help of a Lebanese man and a Saudi colleague, who are both in prison awaiting trial.
“Swedish authorities refused to provide the embassy with any information about the girl or her whereabouts. All information has been shrouded in secrecy by the Sweden Immigration Agency and the Income Tax Authority,” Khoja said.