A case that began with police in Algeria stopping a Christian suspected of carrying Bibles in his car ended on 16 May with a large fine for the church leader.
A judge denied Pastor Nouredine Belabed’s appeal against a sentence of a 100,000-dinar (£643) fine and payment of court fees under a controversial law that forbids ‘undermining the faith of a Muslim’. Belabed had received the sentence on 8 March, including a three-month suspended prison term.
Burkina Faso: abduction
World Watch Monitor
A pastor abducted on 3 June with his family was released after a few days.
Local sources said that Pastor Pierre Boena, his son David and his daughter-in-law, Ami Sawadogo, were released unharmed. There has still been no news regarding Basnéré Mathieu Sawadogo and his wife Alizeta, who were abducted in late May.
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