Kazakhstani Man Convicted for Refusing to Pay ‘Expert’ to Analyze His Christian Books

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(World Watch Monitor) A court in northern Kazakhstan has given a Baptist man a one-year suspended prison sentence for refusing to pay fines for the state to give its “expert analysis” of Christian books he had with him at the time of his arrest.

Yuri Bekker had also failed to pay outstanding fines for distributing religious literature, reports Forum 18.

He was convicted on Oct. 31 at a district court in the northern region of Akmola, which also encompasses the country’s capital, Astana.

Yuri Rudenko of the Council of Baptist Churches said Bekker’s case was the first time a Baptist had been convicted under Criminal Code Article 430.

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  • Robin Egg

    These are the people who should be given first consideration to immigrate to the US if they so desire. Not the ones who drive trucks over people on bike paths. God have mercy on the soul of the prisoner with cancer and subjected to torture. Watch over them with your protective care and strength.

  • NCOriolesFan

    Ironic they separated from the former Soviet Union to become an independent country but yet with the same religious persecution of the former USSR.