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Barnabas Update – March 17th 2021

Saudi convert to Christianity faces problems

Barnabas Fund, 15 March 2021

A Christian convert in Saudi Arabia faces two court cases as well as threats of violence against him and his family.

The convert, named only as “A”, appeared in court on 11 March 2021 on charges of trying to convert Muslims. The charges arose from a restaurant conversation in 2020, in which he allegedly discussed his own conversion to Christianity.

A second court case, scheduled for 26 March, concerns alleged financial misconduct relating to assistance “A” gave his sister, also a convert to Christianity, for her and her children to flee Saudi Arabia.

The sister’s husband has threatened violence against “A”’s wife and son, who may be vulnerable to attack should “A” be imprisoned.

“A” has already spent time in prison and suffered flogging for his faith in Christ and for helping his sister leave the country.

No Saudi Christian convert from Islam is known to have been executed in recent times, but some have been murdered by their families. The number of Saudi nationals who are Christians is unknown.