Slimane Bouhafs, a Christian in Algeria, has just been jailed for five years – because of a post he put on social media.
Bouhafs was convicted of blasphemy for the post on Facebook in which he described the “light of Jesus overcoming the lie of Islam.” He also shared a photo of someone being executed by an Islamist terrorist.
The 49-year-old was arrested on 31 July in the Kabylie area of Steif province and interrogated in the absence of a lawyer. He appeared before a judge on 7 August and was given the maximum jail sentence for blasphemy under Algeria’s penal code – and a large fine.
His family and an Algerian human rights group appointed lawyers for him: the court claimed that he had decided to defend himself. The Protestant Church of Algeria says it intends to appeal against the verdict.
Sources: Middle East Concern, Premier Radio
- Pray that Bouhafs will know God’s peace and protection. He is reported to suffer from a chronic illness. Pray that God will also comfort his family.
- Pray that his appeal will be heard quickly and will be successful.
- Pray that Bouhafs will faithfully continue to shine the light of Jesus while in detention.