The Christians in Vientiane province were taken into custody because they had not sought official permission to hold a Christmas celebration. Most were ethnic Hmong and new believers. As part of their celebrations, they invited the whole village to watch the Jesus film.
The six were detained in late December and released on 31 January, after each paid a fine of around $630. Contacts of Voice of the Martyrs partner office, Release International have helped the families pay their fines and supported them while their loved ones were in jail. They have also been supporting a group of Christians in Savannakhet province, southern Laos, who were also detained for being involved in Christmas celebrations. They too were only released when they paid a fine. Nineteen families involved in the same celebrations were also reportedly fined.
Source: Release International