Posted by: becketfund | February 14, 2007

Uzbekistan: Pastor Arrested

Forum 18 reports that Rishat Garifulin, a pastor from Greater Grace Protestant Church of Almaty, Kazahkstan has not been heard from since being arrested in Uzbekistan on February 8. Garifulin was visiting another Greater Grace church in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, when police arrested him on the street for carrying religious literature. Local residents have said that to detain someone for a week was extremely unusual, as others who have been arrested for similar reasons have been released within a few days. Uzbek Police would neither confirm nor deny the arrest.


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