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Saudi Arabia: Blogger Released

On March 28, Hamoud Bin Saleh, a Saudi Christian arrested in January for writing about his conversion from Islam and criticizing the Saudi kingdom’s crackdown on individual rights, was released from prison, according to Compass Direct News.

Hamoud is reportedly forbidden to travel outside the country or appear in the media. In a recent post on his blog, Hamoud attributed his release to several human rights groups that campaigned on his behalf. “A nation which lives in this system cannot guarantee the safety of its individuals,” he blogged, according to Compass Direct.

In Saudi Arabia the penalty for converting from Islam, also called apostasy, is death. Still, in recent years, there have been no known cases of Saudis formally been convicted and sentenced to death. The Voice of the Martyrs encourages you to pray for Hamoud. Ask God to protect him and encourage him to remain strong in his faith.

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