Posted by: becketfund | November 30, 2007

Uzbekistan: Baptist Receives Two Years of Correctional Labor

Forum 18 reports that Nikolai Zulfikarov, the leader of a five-member Baptist church in Khalkabad, has been sentenced to two years of “correctional labor” for teaching religion privately while lacking the proper credentials and authority, according to Uzbek officials. Over the next two years, Zulfikarov must also give 20% of anything he earns to the state. The presiding judge in the case refused to recognize any differences between Baptist congregations in the state, and told Zulfikarov that praying with fellow believers without registration was illegal.

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