Azerbaijani Christians fined over ‘illegal’ prayer meeting

By World Watch Monitor

Two Azerbaijani church leaders have been fined fined 1,500 Azerbaijani Manats ($850) each for holding an “illegal” prayer meeting.

All 30 attendees were initially arrested when a dozen policemen interrupted the meeting on the morning of 27 November at the house of Gamid and Ginayat Shabanov in Aliabad, a village in the south of the country.

Following their arrests, 24 four of them were told they would be fined, but World Watch Monitor understands that only the two leaders, Gamid Shabanov and Mehman Agamemedov, received fined. Agamemedov told a World Watch Monitor source that he and Shabanov were summoned to a court hearing yesterday afternoon (12 Dec.), when they were both fined and warned not to hold any further meetings unless they first sought official registration and permission.