These Christians are accused of “inciting a Muslim to change his religion” (a criminal offence under the penal code) and “performing religious worship in an unauthorised place” (contravening the 2006 ordinance governing non-Muslim worship).
The charges follow accusations made in July 2018 by a woman, whose husband had converted to Christianity. She and members of her family filed a complaint against her Christian husband, and against a Christian family that had tried to mitigate a conflict between the wife and husband, accusing them of “wanting to pressure her to become a Christian”. The defendants were to appear before court in October, but the hearing has been postponed to November.
In a separate case, a Christian from Tizi Ouzou has been charged with “illegal importation of Christian materials”. The young man (29) was returning from a visit to a Middle Eastern country in the summer of 2016 and had with him some items, such as keyrings and scarfs, with Christian inscriptions. He had previously been tried and acquitted, but the prosecutor has now decided to appeal. A new court date has yet to be set.
Source: Middle East Concern