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Retired Presbyterian Pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev was given a four-year suspended prison term in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana on 17 February. He was convicted of harming the health of a church member, even though that church member has repeatedly insisted to state authorities that her health was not harmed.

He also has to pay his alleged “victim” large “moral damages” of 2 Million Tenge ($1200 AUD). “In my experience as a lawyer, this is one of the strangest cases I have seen in terms of legality”, said Pastor Kashkumbayev’s lawyer Nurlan Beysekeyev after the verdict was handed down orally. “It was not just strange, but from the standpoint of the law, all types of violations occurred, when the case was opened, when it was being investigated and during the trial.”

Kashkumbayev will appeal against the verdict.

Source: Forum 18 News Service

Prayer Points

  • Praise the Lord for Pastor Kashkumbayev’s release from prison; pray the Lord will help him to overcome the trials he has suffered while in prison. Pray he will continue to be faithful and serve the Lord.
  • Ask the Lord to guide his legal team as they appeal, pray justice will be served and the charges will be dropped.
  • Pray the Lord will grow His church in Kazakhstan in faithfulness and in number.