Authorities in Algeria Seal Shut Another Church Building

Sober reminder that harassment policy still in force.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – Church leaders didn’t get an explanation for why the seventh worship building to be closed in Algeria since November was sealed last week, but they suspect lack of registration was the pretext. It is virtually impossible to register a church in Algeria under current restrictions. Although three of the six […]

Sentence Upheld for Pastor in Algeria Stopped for Carrying Christian Literature

Judge rebukes church leader.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – A case that began with police in Algeria stopping a Christian suspected of carrying Bibles in his car ended yesterday with a large fine for the church leader. A judge in Tiaret, 600 kilometers (372 miles) southwest of Algiers, on Wednesday (May 16) denied pastor Nouredine Belabed’s appeal of a […]

Conviction, Sentencing of Christian in Algeria ‘Ridiculous,’ Attorney Says

Authorities interrogating convert pressured him to renounce Christ, he says.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – A court in Algeria yesterday withdrew a six-month prison sentence but upheld a fine on a convert from Islam for carrying Christian literature and some crucifix-shaped keychains into the country, sources said. Idir Hamdad was fined 20,000 Algerian dinars (US$172) plus customs expenses after a judge at the court in […]

Sentencing of Pastor Adds to Uptick in Persecution in Algeria

Rights advocates fear coordinated campaign against Christianity.

(Morning Star News) – In the latest of a rash of persecution incidents in Algeria, a judge on Thursday (March 8) sentenced a pastor to a fine and a suspended prison sentence under a law that prohibits causing Muslims to doubt their religion, sources said. In Frenda, Tiaret Province, pastor Nordine B. was ordered to […]

Quashing of Childcare Facility Application in Algeria Rooted in Religious Discrimination

Reason for denial cloaked in secrecy.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – The social services agency of Tizi-Ouzou Province, Algeria, has denied a permit to a childcare facility without explanation, but almost certainly because of the owner’s Christian faith, sources said. The owner met all the conditions required by law for opening an early childhood care facility in the city of Tizi-Ouzou […]

Christian in Algeria Sentenced to Prison for Cartoons on Facebook

Term reduced to one year, but attorney plans to appeal to Supreme Court.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – A judge in Algeria has reduced from five years to one year a prison sentence for a Christian convicted of offending Islam with cartoons on his Facebook page. Samir Chamek, a 33-year-old theater actor in Algeria’s northern area of Wilaya de Bouira, had been sentenced to five years and […]

Life of Christian Imprisoned in Algeria for Blasphemy in Danger, Family Fears

Health deteriorating; Muslim inmates threaten to attack him.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – The daughter of an Algerian Christian sentenced to three years in prison on a charge of blaspheming Islam fears for his life, religious freedom advocates said. Muslim prisoners reportedly planned to beat Slimane Bouhafs, 49, for defending his faith, and his health has faltered due to lack of medical care, […]

Church Building in Algeria Looted, Vandalized

Congregation has history of opposition from Islamists.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria, (Morning Star News) – Unknown “thugs” who wrote a jihadist slogan on a church building in the center of this city on the Algerian coast on Thursday night (Jan. 7) looted and damaged the property, sources said. The assailants vandalized or stole furniture, worship items and money worth about US$8,000 from the Light […]

Convert in Algeria Risks Losing Wife, Daughter

Judge in divorce case suggests he recant in order to reconcile.

TIZI OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – A Muslim woman in this northern Algerian city seeks to divorce a convert from Islam because of his new faith, while her brother and lawyer suggest he should be killed for apostasy. At a session for the purpose of reconciling the couple yesterday, the judge suggested the first option […]

Algeria Slow in Ruling on Convert’s Appeal of Prison Sentence

Christian faces prison for alleged 'proselytizing,' defaming Islam, Muhammad.

TIZI OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – Nearly nine months since an Algerian court last heard his case, a Christian convert from Islam still awaits a ruling on the appeal of his unusually harsh sentence for allegedly “proselytizing” and defaming Islam and its prophet. Krimo Siaghi (also known as Karim Siaghi) was arrested on April 14, […]