Why is the major media ignoring the torture of Brian O’Connor? He was arrested on questionable drug-related charges (as happens more often than it should to non-Muslims in Saudi Arabia) by the muttawa, Saudi Arabia’s religious police, held in a mosque for a time, and tortured. From AsiaNews, with thanks to Nicolei:
New Delhi (AsiaNews) — “We request His Majesty to take appropriate steps to see that the religious police stop the torture, and that Brian is given a fair trial and released”. John Dayal, a Catholic activist, asks King Fahad bin Abdulaziz al Said to release the Indian citizen. Dayal has written a letter to the king through the Saudi ambassador in India.
John Dayal is the vice-president of the All India Catholic Union, which represents 16 million of Indian Catholics. In his letter to king Fahad, he recalls the historic and warm relationship between India and the Saudi Kingdom. “Many Indians, among them Catholics, are working in Saudi Arabia, peacefully”. Dayal affirms that he “received with a sense of deep injury and revulsion” the news that O’Connor was arrested by the Saudi police. He concludes his letter by saying that “freedom of Faith is integral to contemporary civilization. It is also part of the United Nations guarantees to all Human beings”.