ALGIERS, ALGERIA (BosNewsLife)– Four Christian men of a small Protestant church in Algeria are appealing a court decision to hand them suspended prison sentences for worshiping without a state permission, BosNewsLife established Monday, December 27.
News of the appeal comes after a court on December 12 reduced the sentences of Abdenour Raid, Nacer Mokrani and Idir Haoudj€”got to two months.
The fourth man, Reverend Mahmoud Yahou, was sentenced to three months in jail and a 1,000-dinar fine (US$ 132).
The prosecutor had asked for one-year prison sentences for each defendant.
Defence lawyer Mohamed Benbelkacem said the men were found guilty of “clandestinely housing a pastor” who was to hold a conference in their village of Ait Atteli.
The Christians said they want to appeal the sentence to avoid a government crackdown on other churches.
The verdict was the latest in a series of cases targeting converted Christians in the country.
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