Saturday, July 05, 2008

Algeria convicts 2 for promoting Christianity

July 5, 2008 10:45 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria - Two converts to Christianity were convicted Wednesday of illegally promoting their faith in Muslim Algeria and handed suspended sentences and fines, their lawyer said.
Rachid Mohammed Seghir, 40, and Jammal Dahmani, 36, were sentenced for "distributing documents that aimed at weakening the faith of Muslims," lawyer Khelloudja Khalfoun said.

"It's very likely we will appeal," she told The Associated Press by telephone after leaving the courthouse in Tissemsilt, some 150 miles southwest of Algiers.

"The accusations were not proven, and the court's decision is not justified," she said.

Each defendant was given a six-month suspended sentence and a fine of 100,000 dinars ($1,560).


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