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Independent Catholic News
ALGIERS - 9 June 2008
Four Algerians who converted to Christianity have been condemned to prison and heavy fines, while two others were set free after renouncing their conversion.
The defence lawyer said the four were charged with "illegally practicing a non-Muslim faith," the French news agency AFP reported.
Attorney Khelloudja Khalfoun said one of the converts was sentenced to six months in prison and fined more than 3, 000 US dollars while the other three were sentenced to two months in prison and fined.
The four converts, who were condemned by a court in Tiaret, refused to deny their faith, in contrast with the two others who were freed. Kheloudja told AFP that he would appeal the verdict, since only the ones who admitted they had converted were found guilty.
"They were judged by the facts themselves, and therefore all should be guilty or all should be freed," he said.
The group of six converts was
sentenced after being arrested for participating in an "illegal"
service. (House meeting) According to a law passed in February of
2006 on religious worship in
The court that handed down the verdict was the same court that tried Habiba Kouider, who was arrested on April 1 for carrying a Bible and "practicing a non-Muslim religion without a license." International media attention caused the judge to try to relieve some of the pressure by delaying her case and asking for an investigation.
Another court in the city of
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