On Trial in Kazakhstan for Discussing Faith
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Officers of Kazakhstan’s secret police, KNB (former KGB) arrested Yklas Kabduakasov on the evening of August 14 after searching his home in Astana, Kazakhstan and confiscating religious books. The Adventist church where he worships was searched at the same day.
On August 15, an Astana court ordered he be held in two-month pre-trial detention at the secret police investigation prison, the court chancellery told Forum 18 News Service. The secret police claim he was spreading “religious discord” when discussing his faith with and offering Christian books to others. Secret police Investigator Diyar Idrishov refused to discuss Kabduakasov’s case. “I was merely a witness to his arrest and am not involved in the investigation,” he told Forum 18.
Brother Yklas is charged under 174 article, part 2 of the Criminal Code of Kahahstan (inciting religious hatred) with possible punishment of 5 to 10+ years. Tomorrow is the deadline of Yklas two-month term in pre-trial detention.
We ask you to lift in prayers brother Yklas and his family at this time of persecution. Also please pray for his lawyer, Gulmira. We pray that God would give her wisdom. Also pray for persecutors of brother Yklas, KNB investigator, Nurlan, and state judge, Nabi Pazylova.
Kazakhstan is ranked #42 on the Open Doors’ 2015 World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians. The state vows to be as secular as possible and, in this way, justifies its persecution of Christians as it seeks to regulate and limit the active, sanctioned religious groups within the country. The government also restricts the registering of Protestant religions, the registering and building of churches and the right of assembly.
Compiled by Janelle Powers. For media inquiries, contact Katie Rouse at 678-410-9575 or Christy Lynn Wilson at 770-401-9842.