On 6 September Slimane Bouhafs (49), an Algerian Christian man, was convicted of blasphemy and was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment.
Because of Slimane’s deteriorating health, his family and the Algerian Human Rights League (the LADDH) made a public appeal in October for a presidential pardon, but without success. A support group organised a demonstration on Saturday 19 November in front of the Ministry of Justice building. The police asked the demonstrators to return another day, explaining that no officials were available to deal with their demands. The LADDH is planning to organise another demonstration on Sunday 4 December.
Slimane was initially imprisoned in Sétif and was then transferred a month ago to the prison at Constantine in the east of the country. Earlier this month Slimane’s daughter, who has visited him in prison, stated that other inmates had attempted to assault him after he reacted to a talk by an imam who is strongly opposed to non-Muslims in the country. His family have asked the authorities to transfer Slimane to another prison to ensure his safety.
Source: Middle East Concern
- Please pray Slimane and his family will experience the peace of Jesus and the comfort of the Holy Spirit. Ask the Lord to grant Slimane physical strength.
- Ask that attempts to attack Slimane will cease, and that his safety will be ensured. Pray the Lord will use the efforts of the demonstrators to help Slimane’s situation.
- Pray the Lord will strengthen His church in Algeria; may they be unified in their faith and bold in proclaiming the Gospel.