Rome, Italy, Nov 2, 2004 / 22:00 pm
Brian Savio O’Connor, the Indian Christian who was condemned to 10 months in prison and 300 lashes in Saudi Arabia, was deported to his home country this week “without conditions.”
O’Connor, 36, spent more than seven months in a Saudi prison. He was arrested on March 25 but formally charged with four felonies in September: the selling of alcohol, the possession of pornography, the possession of Bibles and the spreading Christianity.
O’Connor pleaded innocent to the first two charges but was sentenced nonetheless.
After several requests to the King of Saudi Arabia and the President of India for clemency by Christian groups in India, O’Connor was deported to Mumbai, India, where he was met by friends.