First posted on 15th February 2013
Greetings in the name of Jesus, the Good Shepherd
Algerian Christians have requested our prayers about the situation of a believer appealing against a conviction for evangelising.
On 4th July 2012 a court in Tigzirt tried and convicted Mohamed Ibaouene, in absentia, of “inciting a Muslim with pressure to change his religion”. The judge sentenced him to one year’s imprisonment and a fine of 50,000 dinars (approximately US$635). It was not until 11th December that Mohamed was informed that a complaint had been made against him and that he had been charged and convicted. (Mohamed had married and moved to a different town.) On 15th December he submitted an appeal.
At a hearing held on 13th February, an appeal court judge upheld the conviction, but adjusted the sentence. The jail term was rescinded but the fine was doubled. A further appeal is planned.
This case has been brought under Algeria’s law of 2006 on non-Muslim worship.
Algerian Christians supporting Mohamed request our prayers that:
May be circulated to general mailing lists, outside organizations, and quoted from freely in reports citing “Middle East Concern” as the source of the information.