Posted by: becketfund | October 26, 2009

Kazakhstan: Government May Deport Accused Missionary

AKMOLA – Local prosecutor Kairat Ramazanov announced that a Baptist, Viktor Leven, will face deportation charges if Akmola Regional Court upholds a lower court decision punishing him for “unregistered missionary activity,” Forum18 reported on October 26. Judge Akmaral Zhumabekova of Esil District Court fined Leven $43 under Article 375 Part 3 of the Code of Administrative Offences for preaching at a service in a private home in the town and ordered him deported for conducting “missionary activity.”  Leven denies that he is a missionary, and was simply practicing his faith.

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