After two raids on her home in Urgench in north-west Uzbekistan in January and being detained for 11 hours, Protestant Christian Sharofat Allamova is facing criminal prosecution for “illegally” storing religious literature, the police officer who led the raids told Forum 18 News Service. The criminal charges carry a fine up to 200 times the minimum monthly wage, or a prison term of up to three years.

Also, Protestants in Tashkent Region have told Forum 18 that they are upset and outraged over a judge’s order to destroy Bibles. They are particularly upset as the decision was handed down on 24 December 2012, as church members were beginning their Christmas celebrations. Judge Ikrom Obidov – who fined four local Protestants in the same case – has already punished many people locally for exercising their right to freedom of religion or belief. In an appeal against an earlier fine of 100 times the monthly minimum wage imposed by Obidov, also for “illegally” distributing religious literature, the appeal judge ignored evidence that the original case against Protestant Vadim Shim had been fabricated.Source: Forum 18 News Service

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