Algeria: Christian family accused of ‘proselytism’ – hearing postponed

By World Watch Monitor

Five Algerian Christians accused of “proselytism” will appear in court on 6 November, in Bouira, in Algeria’s north-eastern region of Kabylie. They had been due to appear yesterday (9 October), but the hearing was postponed.

The five, including three members of the same family, are all from the town of Bechloul (Bouira province), a hundred kilometres south-east of Algiers, the capital.

They are accused of “inciting a Muslim to change his religion” – a criminal offence under the penal code – and “performing religious worship in an unauthorized place” (contravening the 2006 ordinance governing non-Muslim worship).