Posted by: becketfund | December 10, 2007

Azerbaijan: Adventists Threatened by Police

Forum 18 reports that police in Baku, Azerbaijan, raided a service at the capital’s Seventh Day Adventist Church, where they detained members of the congregation for up to five hours and threatened to fine them. The pastor, Rasim Bakhshiyev, was told that he would be imprisoned if the congregation met again, and that police would be ‘checking up’ on in the future to make sure that this is the case. Parishioners also revealed that the police had asked them to sign statements renouncing their faith, which they ultimately refused to do.

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