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Filipino guest worker faces Saudi blasphemy charges

CWN - October 26, 2011

A Filipino guest worker has been arrested on blasphemy charges in Saudi Arabia.

The 32-year-old man was taken into custody after a supervisor at his workplace reported that the Filipino Catholic planned to dishonor Mohammed. The complaint was lodged shortly after the man had been engaged in a dispute at work.

The bishops of the Philippines have appealed to the Saudi government to release the accused man, and have asked for an objective investigation of the case. They observed that with thousands of Filipinos now working in Saudi Arabia, the case could have enormous impact.

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