Saudi sisters Asra and Amaal Aslehli feared persecution for sexuality, new theory emerges

A brand new idea has emerged two Saudi sisters discovered useless might have feared persecution for his or her sexuality after it was revealed they attended a queer occasion.

Asra Abdullah Alsehli, 24, and Amaal, 23, had been found of their Canterbury unit in Sydney’s southwest on June 7.

Detectives have but to find out the reason for their loss of life months later and are chasing a number of leads.

A girl, who wished to stay nameless, mentioned she met the sisters at a girls-only queer occasion in January, The Guardian reported.

She claimed police consider one of many sisters recognized as queer and are not sure of the sexual orientation of the opposite one.

The lady described the sisters as ‘shy’ and mentioned they had been reluctant to speak extra about their private lives in Saudi Arabia.

Two Saudi sisters found dead in their beds could have feared persecution for their sexuality after it was revealed they attended a queer event (pictured, Amaal Abdullah Alsehli)

Two Saudi sisters discovered useless of their beds might have feared persecution for his or her sexuality after it was revealed they attended a queer occasion (pictured, Amaal Abdullah Alsehli)

Asra Abdullah Alsehli, 24 (pictured), and Amaal, 23, were discovered in their Canterbury unit in Sydney's south-west on June 7

Asra Abdullah Alsehli, 24 (pictured), and Amaal, 23, had been found of their Canterbury unit in Sydney’s south-west on June 7 

‘They talked about that they had been from Saudi Arabia, and we talked about what it’s prefer to be queer there,’ she mentioned.

‘They mentioned ladies dwell in concern of their security and that they had been grateful to be residing in Australia, the place they might extra freely specific themselves.’

‘What’s terribly unhappy is that they advised me they had been excited to be out at an occasion like this and that they had been prepared to begin exploring extra of Sydney.’

The lady mentioned she contacted police after recognising photographs of the sisters that had been launched by police following the invention of their our bodies.

NSW Police refused to remark when approached by Daily Mail Australia.

‘As the investigation is ongoing, police proceed to attraction for data in relation to the loss of life of the 2 ladies,’ a spokesperson mentioned.

‘No additional data is out there at this stage.’

It’s believed the ladies had been useless for as much as six weeks earlier than police made the grim discovery of their decomposing our bodies.

Bottles of chemical compounds resembling bleach and different substances had been discovered beside their our bodies in separate bedrooms, main detectives to suspect the pair deliberate to take their very own lives.

Interim toxicology outcomes confirmed traces of the substances discovered within the bedrooms inside the ladies’s our bodies.

‘There’s no indication of anybody else being within the unit…no compelled entry. It actually does look like a tragic suicide,’ a police supply advised The Daily Telegraph.

More in depth testing is required to find out the precise reason behind loss of life.

A NSW Police spokeswoman was unable to remark or affirm the brand new revelations.

‘It can be as much as the Coroner to find out the reason for loss of life,’ she advised Daily Mail Australia.

Bottles of chemicals such as bleach and other substances were found beside their bodies found in separate bedrooms, leading detectives to suspect the pair planned to take their own lives

Bottles of chemical compounds resembling bleach and different substances had been discovered beside their our bodies present in separate bedrooms, main detectives to suspect the pair deliberate to take their very own lives

Two months on from their deaths, police nonetheless have only a few particulars concerning the two sisters who fled Saudi Arabia and arrived in Australia with $5,000 financial savings 5 years in the past.

This is regardless of an intensive week-long public attraction and releasing the names and photographs of the sisters on the request of the coroner.

It’s additionally been revealed a black BMW coupe was seized after the ladies’s our bodies had been discovered stays in a police holding yard.

The automobile is anticipated to be offered to recuperate money owed owed to the ladies’s landlord after they stopped paying lease ten weeks earlier than their absolutely clothed however decomposing our bodies had been discovered.

A letter despatched on behalf of the owner, solely obtained by Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday exhibits that the sisters racked up a $5,142.86 debt by May 13 – nearly a month earlier than their our bodies had been discovered, on June 7.

The sisters additionally owed $26.18 in excellent water payments.

Their stays had been uncovered in separate rooms of their $480-per-week Canterbury condominium by police over the last of three welfare checks.

The first verify was performed in mid-March – across the similar time they stopped paying lease – after the property’s constructing supervisor raised considerations for his or her wellbeing as a result of the meals was neglected in frequent areas.

A black BMW coupe seized from the Canterbury unit is expected to be sold to repay the women's landlord after they stopped paying rent 10 weeks before their bodies were found

A black BMW coupe seized from the Canterbury unit is anticipated to be offered to repay the ladies’s landlord after they stopped paying lease 10 weeks earlier than their our bodies had been discovered

Attending officers mentioned the lady appeared effective, and left the unit.

The second verify was achieved between March and June, earlier than their our bodies had been discovered through the closing go to.

By the time the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal scheduled a listening to to handle the rental debt on May 13, they had been possible useless.

Daily Mail Australia isn’t suggesting the owner was in any manner chargeable for the sisters’ deaths.


On 13-May-2022 the next orders had been made:  

The Residential Tenancy Agreement is terminated instantly and possession is to be given to the owner on the date of termination. 

The order for possession is suspended till 20-May-2022 

The tenant shall pay the owner a every day occupation charge on the charge of $68.57 per day from the day after the date of termination, specifically 14-May-2022 till the date vacant possession is given to the owner. 

Within 60 days of the date for possession of the premises laid out in these orders the owner might request the relisting of the applying to find out the quantity of the occupation charge owing. 

The landlord’s agent is to advise the tenant in writing by the supply of a letter to the premises by 6:00 pm on 13-May-2022 of the orders made right this moment. 

The tenant is to pay the owner the sum of $5,169.04 instantly. Failure to pay any instalment on this order by the due date will end in the entire of the stability being payable instantly. 

The tenant has not appeared earlier than the Tribunal within the listening to [on May 13].

Having regard to the Registrar’s statutory declaration regarding discover and itemizing procedures within the Tribunal’s registries, The Tribunal finds {that a} copy of the Notice of Hearing was despatched to the tenant.

It has not been returned to the Tribunal. There is nothing to counsel that it was not obtained by the tenant. The Tribunal is happy that the tenant has been served with discover of the listening to right this moment.

According to the letter addressed to Amaal from the Tribunal on May 13, the ladies didn’t attend the listening to and had been subsequently ordered to pay any quantity of the entire sum ‘instantly’.

Their lease was successfully torn up and so they got till May 20 to vacate the property, although it’s unclear why the movement wasn’t enforced.

For every single day they remained on the property after May 14, they had been charged a further $68.57.

It wasn’t till June 7 when police arrived to evict them that anybody realised they had been useless.

There was no signal of compelled entry, no clear indicators of harm, and the reason for loss of life stays undetermined – though is being handled as suspicious. 

The women, who lived on the corner flat above a burger shop, complained about a man 'acting weird' outside their building in the months before their deaths

The ladies, who lived on the nook flat above a burger store, complained a couple of man ‘appearing bizarre’ outdoors their constructing within the months earlier than their deaths

Forensic police scoured the unit (pictured) within the wake of the grisly discovery on June 7 – a month after the ladies died


2017: Asra Abdullah Alsehli, 24, and Amaal Abdullah Alsehli, 23, are believed to have fled Saudi Arabia.

Upon arrival, they made contact with a refugee centre.

2019: Asra took an AVO out towards a person, but it surely was later withdrawn.

2020: They continuously visited a service station round their flat, with locals describing them as ‘pleasant’.

March, 2022: The sisters stopped paying $480/week for his or her Canterbury unit.

Police performed the primary of three welfare checks.

In one of many checks, the pair had been described as ‘timid’ and refused to let anybody enter the condominium.

They ultimately allowed officers to enter, however stayed huddled collectively within the far nook of the unit.

May, 2022: The proprietor of their unit filed a civil case towards Asra on May 13 on account of $5,142.86 in excellent lease.

That motion was taken earlier than sheriff’s officers went to the condominium to serve the ladies with an eviction discover.

June 7, 2022: Officers conducting a welfare verify made the grisly discovery. 

There was no signal of compelled entry. 

Police consider the sisters died in May, however haven’t been in a position to decide a reason behind loss of life.

An worker from the corporate that manages the constructing mentioned the ladies approached them with security considerations earlier this yr. 

‘They made a report that they noticed a person ‘appearing bizarre’ outdoors the constructing – standing between two vehicles and appearing unusual,’ the employee mentioned.

They defined the ladies checked their safety footage, but it surely was tough to find out whether or not the person had malicious intentions. 

‘We checked the CCTV and noticed there was a person there,’ the worker mentioned.

‘But that spot is busy. There is a burger store there and Uber Eats drivers coming and going on a regular basis. He might have been anybody.

‘We could not decide why he was there, however he did not appear to be he was doing something untoward, so there was no must chase it up additional.’

According to the employee, the ladies didn’t say whether or not they knew the person.  

Later in 2021, the sisters advised constructing administration they feared somebody was tampering with their meals deliveries.

However, surveillance cameras once more discovered no proof to again up their fears. 

The constructing’s surveillance was seized by police shortly after the ladies had been found and is but to be returned.

The newest growth within the case comes as police backflipped on preliminary claims the sisters’ household had been cooperating with investigators. 

NSW Police regularly assured media the sisters’ household within the Saudi Kingdom had been ‘cooperating’ and ‘serving to’ with the investigation.

But police sources on Sunday alleged that the household blocked detectives from releasing pictures of the ladies as a part of a public attraction to make clear the baffling case.

Police confirmed to Daily Mail Australia their photographs and identities had been lastly launched in session with the coroner – not the household – nearly two months after their our bodies had been discovered.

The coroner has not launched the our bodies of the sisters to their household, though it’s understood they could possibly be buried in Sydney.

It’s additionally been revealed the sisters had been each looking for safety from the Australian authorities as extra particulars about their makes an attempt to construct a standard life right here emerged.

They had an lively declare for asylum in progress with the Department of Home Affairs, it has been confirmed.

A black BMW coupe covered in dust was removed from the garage of the apartment block the day after the  women's bodies were found

A black BMW coupe lined in mud was faraway from the storage of the condominium block the day after the  ladies’s our bodies had been discovered 

Both had been in contact with settlement suppliers and had been on bridging visas. 

Reports revealed in Middle Eastern newspapers on Friday mentioned the sisters had renounced Islam. 

The sisters solely left the Canterbury unit to check at TAFE, to buy groceries or to work, their former landlord from a property they rented at Fairfield revealed to The Guardian.

The ‘shocked’ landlord claimed their mom visited the sisters in Sydney however did not like Australia and left after solely a short go to.

Detective Inspector Claudia Allcroft insisted there was ‘nothing to counsel’ their household was concerned of their deaths. 

The ladies weren’t recognized to be a part of any dissident Saudi networks. 

Investigators spent days the apartment building with forensic teams poring over the scene

Investigators spent days the condominium constructing with forensic groups poring over the scene

The landlord mentioned the sisters, who fled Saudi Arabia in 2017, each attended TAFE in Wetherill Park.

They additionally each labored doing site visitors management for a Sydney constructing firm.

‘I used to be shocked once I noticed their photographs, I do not know how this might have occurred. 

‘They had been very cute and pleasant ladies, we by no means had any issues with them,’ their landlord advised The Guardian.

At final week’s press convention, Detective Allcroft confirmed police know little or no concerning the ladies and renewed an attraction for public data – anybody who noticed the sisters of their closing days has been urged to come back ahead.

‘We hope that somebody could possibly help our investigators,’ Detective Allcroft mentioned.

‘Either by way of sightings, or those that knew the sisters and should have some data on their actions previous to their loss of life.’


Despite insisting the toxicology exams had been being ‘fast-tracked’, nearly two months later police are nonetheless but to be handed the stories – which often solely take 4 to 6 weeks. 

Dr Dimitri Gerostamoulos, chief toxicologist and head of Forensic Scientific Services on the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, mentioned decomposition, workers shortages, excessive work load, and peculiar findings requiring additional testing can all contribute to delays. 

He mentioned murder circumstances often solely take between 4 to 6 weeks, however ‘can take longer relying on what medication are discovered’.

If a drug is detected, he mentioned additional testing could also be wanted to determine the extent of the substance within the individual’s system. 

‘It [the delay] could possibly be that they’ve found one thing that wants particular evaluation,’ he mentioned.

‘Sometimes when a drug turns up that’s not anticipated, strategies do not all the time exist to check them, so they should bear specialised exams. 

‘Not solely are these exams difficult, however there are authorized necessities to get them to a normal the place they can be utilized in court docket, which does take time as a result of they should be watertight.’