The reason given for the arrest is because the church leader believes in Jesus and is helping eight families grow in faith. The authorities gave the eight families the ultimatum ‘stop following Christ or be evicted from the village and relocated.’ If, however, they sign a document denying their faith in Christ, they would then be allowed to continue to live in their village.
Our contact has advised that the church leader is now in prison and although families are providing him with food, the police are withholding most of the food for themselves. The authorities have also demanded he sign a document renouncing his faith in Christ. If he does, they will release him, if he refuses, he will remain in prison. He has refused.
Source: Voice of the Martyrs Australia