Unless nurse Stephen Comiskey left Saudi Arabia, he was going to have his head cut off. So threatened police in the Arab state against the gay Brit, who was lured into an ambush by officials who texted him, posing as a friend. In custody, Comiskey was beaten and told he would face charges of homosexuality, which can carry the death sentence there. He was also forced to sign a confession, written in Arabic (which he doesn’t understand), admitting to his gay guilt. With his passport confiscated, Comiskey couldn’t leave the country after his release, and spent six months wondering whether taking a job at King Fahad National Guard Hospital in Riyadh would leave to his execution. Six months later, after lengthy diplomatic talks between British and Saudi officials, Comiskey was allowed to return home. “You have to understand Sharia law to know what I’ve been through,” he says now. “I’ve learned that you don’t mess with these people – you cannot offend their culture or their law.” Except Comiskey says he never broke the law and never “flaunted” his sexuality. So why did he get targeted?
Because of some link to Saudi Prince Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud, the 34-year-old sentenced to life in prison by a British court for the brutal murder of his servant and lover. Was it retribution for Britain outing a Saudi royal? The Sun says that’s possible:
Diplomats believe his arrest was linked to the case of gay Saudi Prince Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud, 34. He was jailed for life last year for killing his servant Bandar Abdulaziz in a London hotel. Saudi authorities are understood to have lobbied for the prince’s homosexuality to be kept secret at his trial to avoid embarrassment at home. But British legal chiefs refused, saying his sexuality was key to the case. Foreign Office chiefs fear Stephen was targeted in a tit-for-tat revenge.
Glad you’re home safe, Stephen.