Posted by: becketfund | December 20, 2007

Azerbaijan: Police Bar Children from Attending Adventist Services

GYANJA – Police in Azerbaijan’s second city of Gyanja have told Adventist pastor Elshan Samedov that he must bar children from attending services at his church and must restrict services to certain properties, Forum 18 reported on December 20. Should he fail to comply, Samedov will face time in prison. He has previously been threatened with imprisonment for “turning people into Christians” according to the police. “People don’t have the right to meet for religious purposes just where they want,” a member of the police’s Criminal Investigation Department responded. “They need to have permission.”

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