The bodies of two sisters, discovered at their Sydney home in June, have been returned to Saudi Arabia, the country they fled as asylum seekers.
sra Abdullah Alsehli, 24, and Amaal Abdullah Alsehli, 23, were found dead by police at their home in Canterbury on 7 June.
Authorities believe the two young women who arrived in Australia from Saudi Arabia in 2017 were dead for up to a month before their bodies were discovered.
It was reported that there was no sign of forced entry into their home, nor any injuries on their bodies.
The two young women seeking asylum in Australia had made active applications for permanent protection visas to Australia’s Home Office, the Guardian reported.
The newspaper reported that one sister’s application for protection was based on fear of persecution in Saudi Arabia because of her sexuality, while her sister’s related application was based on her own fear of persecution.
New South Wales Police confirmed the bodies of the two sisters were returned to Saudi Arabia.
A Sydney woman who met the couple at a ladies-only queer event in January told The Guardian that women in her country “live in fear”.
“I noticed they were holding back in a corner and looking shy, so I walked over and started talking to them,” she told the newspaper.
“They said women live in fear for their safety and are grateful to live in Australia where they can express themselves more freely.
“What is terribly sad is that they have told me that they are excited to be at an event like this and ready to explore more of Sydney.
“They should have been safe in Australia,” the source said.
https://www.independent.ie/news/bodies-of-saudi-sisters-found-dead-in-sydney-repatriated-to-country-they-fled-from-as-asylum-seekers-41923481.html Bodies of Saudi sisters found dead in Sydney have been returned to a country they fled as asylum seekers