U.S. Denies Asylum to Gay Saudi Diplomat Who Faces Possible Execution



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U.S. denies asylum to gay Saudi diplomat. This is a case in which a gay Saudi will face possible execution in his homeland under Shariah law. He also committed the crime of having a Jewish friend. As one blogger put it, this is another case of the U.S. being Shariah compliant.

Ali Ahmad Asseri, first secretary of the Saudi consulate in LA, said that his government yanked his diplomatic passport and his job to force him to return, where he faces stiff punishment.

BERLIN – The United States government denied political asylum to Ali Ahmad Asseri, the former first secretary of the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles, last week to avoid disrupting US-Saudi relations, according to a Saudi-American blogger and journalist based in Brazil.

Asseri argued that if he returned to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia he would face execution because the country’s radically fundamental form of Islam mandates the death penalty for same-sex relations.

The Saudi-American journalist and blogger, Rasheed Abou-Alsamh, appears to have been the first writer to report on the asylum rejection. The possible deportation of Asseri to Saudi Arabia has electrified blog observers of the case over the last few days.

The Jerusalem Post’s e-mail and telephone attempts to secure on Saturday a confirmation and comment from the US State Department’s Middle East press section were not immediately returned.

In an e-mail response to the Post on Saturday, Abou-Alsamh, the Saudi-American blogger whose personal website “Rasheed’s World” first broke the story about the denial of the asylum application, wrote, “As far as I know the US government has not yet officially commented on Asseri’s denial of asylum, but from comments that I have read after I wrote my post, it seems that political asylum cases are often denied in first instance and then approved later when the applicant appeals.”

He added: “I do think the US government is afraid of unnecessarily annoying the Saudis, especially now with all of the turmoil that the Arab world is going through because of the Arab Spring revolts.”