A Saudi Arabian diplomat based in L.A., has asked the U.S. for political asylum because he says Saudi officials have learned he is gay and that they will murder him after forcing him to return home. Advocate.com: Daily News
The diplomat Ali Ahmad Asseri,, who serves as Saudi Arabia's first secretary of their Los Angeles consulate, says he'll be executed "openly in broad daylight" if he's forced to go back to his homeland in a plea for the U.S. to grant him amnesty. Now, does Asseri — whose diplomatic passport won't be renewed by the Saudis, thus forcing him to leave the U.S. — fear for his life because he's gay, because he's friend with a Jewish woman, or because he's been posting on the Internet about "militant imams" and how he's threatening to release, according to NBC News, "what he describes as politically embarrassing information about members of the Saudi royal family living in luxury in the U.S"? Because I can't imagine they're too thrilled about that either.
Sounds like a two-fer. The gays and the Jews are involved. The Saudis want the man back, probably so they can hang him or cut off certain body parts. It will be interesting to see if the administration sides with the homophobes and the anti-Semites. From MSNBC:
The diplomat, Ali Ahmad Asseri, the first secretary of the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles, has informed U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials that Saudi officials have refused to renew his diplomatic passport and effectively terminated his job after discovering he was gay and was close friends with a Jewish woman.