Posted by: becketfund | May 10, 2007

Uzbekistan: Man Sentenced for “Teaching Religion”

Forum 18 reports that Salavat Serikbayev, a Pentecostal Christian, has received a two-year suspended sentence for “teaching religion illegally” and will be banned from traveling out of the country during his sentence. Additionally, should Serikbayev, who is currently unemployed, find a job, he will be required to forfeit 20% of his salary. Serikbayev was accused of teaching religion by two police officers, a charge he denies. Religious activity by groups or individuals which are not Muslim or Orthodox is illegal in the area of Uzbekistan in which Serikbayev resides.

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