In July 2012, Maryam (28), a Saudi convert to Christianity, fled the country. Subsequently, her employer, Henna Sarkees (51), a Christian Lebanese national, was charged with abusing his position by coercing her to convert. Also, an un-named Saudi national was charged with facilitating Maryam’s flight from the country.
On 11 May 2013 Al-Khobar District Court sentenced Sarkees to six years in prison and 300 lashes for the crime of ‘evangelism’ (Lebanese media) or ‘brainwashing’ (Saudi media). The Saudi national was sentenced to two years in prison and 200 lashes.
Lawyers for both men say they will appeal. However, Maryam’s Muslim father has rejected the ruling as inadequate. He too will appeal, saying, “We will ask the court to keep him [Sarkees] behind bars until our daughter comes home.”
Source: Australian Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission
- Pray for Maryam, Henna Sarkees and the Saudi national, ask the Lord to strengthen their faith and trust in Him.
- Pray for favour during the appeals process.
- Pray the Lord will grow His church in this oppressive nation.