A dramatic story that gives me an excuse to do myCharles Laughton as Quasimodo shtick but, alas, you can’t hear it. Not even you, Esmeralda.
A Saudi Arabian diplomat is seeking political asylum in theUnited States because he is gay and befriended a Jewish woman, and fears for his life if he returns, NBC News reported Saturday.
The diplomat, which NBC identified as Ali Ahmad Asseri, the first secretary of the Saudi consulate inLos Angeles,
reportedly told US federal officials that Saudi officials refused to
renew his diplomatic passport and terminated his job after they
discovered that he was gay and was close friends with a Jewish woman.
“My life is in a great danger here and if I go back toSaudi Arabia, they will kill me openly in broad daylight,” Asseri told NBC in an email message.