6 Years + 300 Lashes in Saudi Arabia for Helping Woman Convert to Christianity

Agence France Press reports:

A Saudi court jailed a Lebanese man for six years and sentenced him to 300 lashes after convicting him of encouraging a Saudi woman to convert to Christianity, Saudi dailies reported Sunday.

The same court sentenced a Saudi man convicted in the same case to two years in prison and 200 lashes for having helped the young woman flee the ultra-conservative, US-backed Sunni kingdom [without her family’s permission, which is a crime], local daily Al-Watan said….

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

Both men, who could also be prosecuted over other charges including corruption and forging official documents that allowed the woman to leave the country without her family’s agreement, will appeal.

The accused and the young woman were coworkers at an insurance company, so I suspect the woman was an adult. Thanks to Prof. Howard Friedman (Religion Clause) for the pointer.