Mystery surrounds “Brother A,” whose name is withheld for security purposes. Persecution watchdogs expected courts in Saudi Arabia to release a verdict on his case last week, but so far? Nothing.
Todd Nettleton, spokesman for The Voice of the Martyrs USA, says the silence might not be a bad thing.
“Sometimes, for the sake of justice and for the sake of the judge being free to make the right decision without pressure, it’s better if a case is sort of ‘under the radar’ of the international community,” he explains.
“The world will say, ‘hey, you can’t sentence a Christian to prison just for being a Christian.’ But within his country, devout Muslims will say, ‘you have to sentence this person who has left Islam, you have to sentence this apostate.’ It’s hard to know if this is one of those situations [because] we don’t know a lot of details.”
“Our friends at Middle East Concern have been covering this case, but they aren’t releasing a lot of details,” Nettleton says.
“He has been flogged, he has been locked in prison, so he has already faced a great deal of pressure and persecution. And now, potentially, he’s on the cusp of being sent back to prison.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask the Lord to give Brother A peace, and protect his family.
- Pray Brother A will not receive the death penalty, and that the Lord will also spare him from a severe prison sentence.
- Pray God will give Brother A a sense of His presence, regardless of how the verdict goes.