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Pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev, who has been imprisoned for nearly five months in Astana, has been placed under house arrest for the remainder of his pre-trial detention, according to a court decision.

The 66-year-old pastor has not seen his wife, Alfiya, or other family members since his 17 May arrest.

While under house arrest, Kashkumbayev is ‘banned from associating with anyone apart from close relatives living with him, receiving and sending letters, holding conversations with the use of any communication devices, and only able to leave his home for medical appointments.’

Pastor Kashkumbayev was arrested on charges of ‘causing considerable harm to the psychological health’ of a church member and was accused of using ‘stupefying substances’ on church members, a reference to the red tea used as a non-alcoholic Communion wine.

A church member insisted that Pastor Kashkumbayev ‘is totally innocent and has not harmed my health at all.’The pre-trial detention is scheduled to last until 17 November.

Source: Forum 18 News

Prayer Points

  • Thank the Lord for the opportunity for Pastor Kashkumbayev to return home.
  • Pray the Lord will intervene in this case to ensure a favourable outcome.
  • Ask the Lord to strengthen the faith of Pastor Kashkumbayev, his family members and his congregation members.