Police searched the flat illegally without a search warrant and confiscated legally-bought literature including Bibles.
Officers arrested all eight Protestants and took them to Pap Police Station, where they were questioned until 3am the next morning. Police forced most of the Protestants to sign illegally written statements and said that they might be prosecuted for possession of the religious literature they legally bought.
Christians in Uzbekistan are thought of as extremists. They face massive fines and detention for “illegal religious gatherings”. Orthodox churches meet openly and legally but most evangelical Christians meet in unregistered groups. Uzbekistan once routinely imprisoned Christians, but the government now favours short detentions and substantial fines for economic reasons.
Source: Forum 18 News Service, The Voice of the Martyrs USA
- Commit these believers to God and pray the threats of prosecution may come to nothing.
- Pray these believers will not be fearful and will continue to encourage one another in the faith and worship the Lord together.
- Pray this incident may be used by the Lord to embolden the church and add to its number.
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