'Gay' Saudi diplomat seeks asylum

A Saudi diplomat in Los Angeles reportedly asked for political asylum in the United States, claiming his life is in danger if he is returned to Saudi Arabia.

The report by NBC News quoted the diplomat, Ali Ahmad Asseri, as saying that Saudi officials ordered him back to his country because he is gay and had become a close friend to a Jewish woman.

Mr Asseri in a letter also reportedly criticised the role of militant imams in Saudi society.

NBC said that Mr Asseri, who is first secretary of the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles, was questioned by the Department of Homeland Security after he applied for asylum.

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