UZBEKISTAN: THREE PROTESTANTS AWAIT TRIAL, BUT ONE FREED

Two Pentecostal Christians in the north-west of Uzbekistan – where all Protestant activity is illegal – are facing criminal charges for their religious activity, Forum 18 News Service has learnt.
The two – 26-year-old Makset Djabbarbergenov and 32-year-old Salauat Serikbayev – each face
up to five years’ imprisonment if convicted. The Prosecutor’s Office have repeatedly evaded any discussion of the cases with Forum 18.
Elsewhere in Uzbekistan, Protestant pastor Dmitry Shestakov – arrested by the NSS secret police on 21 January – also awaits trial, with no date yet set. He is being held in prison. However, visiting Kazakh Protestant pastor Rishat Garifulin has been freed without charge, after being held by the NSS secret
police for eleven days. But police in the south-west who raided a private home have detained six Protestants, as well as confiscating a Bible, two audiocassettes and three Christian books in Kazakh. Such confiscated literature – including the Bible – has often been burnt.(http://www.forum18.org/)

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