Saudi Arabia released four Filipino Christians in Riyadh February 14, 40 days after their arrest by the country's strict Islamic police for conducting Christian worship services in a private home.Art Abreu, Eminesio Rabea, Vic Mira Velez and Rupino Sulit were all discharged early yesterday afternoon from the Ministry of Interior (MOI) detention center where they have been held since January 7. But according to a representative of the Philippines Embassy in Riyadh, one other Filipino Christian detained in the incident still remains under guard at the MOI center. Although ordered released more than three weeks ago, the prisoner is still waiting for the guarantee documents required from his employer.Sources in the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila identified the one remaining Christian under arrest as Diosdado Cadoy, an employee of the Ministry of Municipalities in Riyadh. "The embassy is actively monitoring his situation," a spokesperson for the Riyadh embassy told Compass today, "and we expect his release soon."On January 7, a total of 15 Christians, including three women and five young children, were arrested in a raid conducted by Riyadh's muttawa (religious police) at the Abreu home, where some 100 Filipinos were worshipping together.Eleven of the detained Christians were cleared for release within two weeks, allowing all but Cadoy to return to their homes. But MOI authorities kept the four alleged leaders of the group incommunicado until yesterday, even refusing diplomatic access to their embassy representatives.Manila sources said Velez and Sulit were already slated for deportation back to the Philippines next Sunday, February 20. Meanwhile, Compass confirmed directly from Riyadh that some of the other Christians ...1
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