ALGERIA: CHRISTIAN SENTENCED FOR CARRYING BIBLE

Police pressure convert to return to Islam during ‘illegal’ five-day detention.

* Shaking the faith of a Muslim:

“Officials in several instances have cited a February 2006 law governing the worship of non-Muslims. Clarified by subsequent decrees in 2007, the law restricts most religious meetings to approved places of worship and forbids any attempt to ‘shake the faith of a Muslim’.”

ALGIERS, Algeria, May 9 (Compass Direct News) – An Algerian Christian detained five days for carrying a Bible and personal Bible study books was handed a 300-euro (US$460) fine and a one-year suspended prison sentence last week, an Algerian church leader said.

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 TURKEY: ARMED MEN THREATEN CHURCH

Incident in Ankara marks seventh threat of violence in past four months.

“We are going to get rid of that pastor!”

ISTANBUL, May 7 (Compass Direct News) – Three men, one of them armed with a gun and wearing gloves, threatened a Protestant church and its pastor in the Turkish capital city of Ankara yesterday. The culprits fled in a car before police could be summoned.

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