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, […]

Algeria Upholds Conviction of Convert from Islam

Christian’s one-year prison term for alleged proselytizing revoked, but fine doubled.

TIZI OUZOU, Algeria, February 13, 2013 (Morning Star News) – An Algerian judge under pressure from Islamists to uphold a Christian’s conviction for alleged proselytizing rescinded his one-year prison term today but doubled his fine, an attorney said.   Mohamed Ibaouene, 36, was shocked to learn on Dec. 11 that he had been convicted in […]

Algerian Convert Fights Proselytism Verdict

Christian did not know of his conviction; accuser absent from hearing.

TIZI OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – The attorney for a Christian shocked to learn that he had been convicted of pressuring a Muslim to leave Islam said after an appeals hearing on Wednesday (Jan. 23) that the verdict was utterly unfounded.   Mohamed Ibaouene, 36, learned on Dec. 11 that he had been convicted in […]

Algerian Christian Unknowingly Convicted, Sentenced

Convert is tried in absentia for ‘pressuring Muslim’ who urged him to return to Islam.

TIZI OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – Without any prior notice or summons from police, a Christian convert from Islam received word on Dec. 11 that he had been convicted of pressuring a Muslim to leave his religion, he said.   Mohamed Ibaouene, 36, was convicted in absentia on July 4 by a court in Tigzirt […]