Posted by: becketfund | October 3, 2007

Azerbaijan: Court Fails to Overturn Pastor’s Prison Sentence

Forum 18 reports that an appeals court in the town of Sheki, Azerbaijan, refused to overturn a prison sentence for Baptist pastor Zaur Balaev, who was given two years for allegedly attacking police who conducted a raid on an “illegal” religious service at which he was present. Members of Balaev’s congregation were able to testify on his behalf. Balaev, from the northern town of Aliabad, will serve out his sentence in a labor camp.

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