By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN (ANS) -- Igor Kulyada, a Baptist from Uzbekistan's capital Tashkent, was jailed for three days from July 3-6, Forum 18 News Service has learned.
Baptists meeting in Tashkent
His offence was to put up in public leaflets with verses from the Bible. Some of his property was ordered to be destroyed and a fine was also imposed on him.
Asked why she had done this, Judge Nilufar Dadabayeva told Forum 18 (www.forum18.org) that "I need to ask my superiors before I can give you information."
According to Mushfig Bayram, writing for Forum 18, "In Syrdarya Region four Baptists have been fined 50 times the minimum monthly salary, four Baptists 20 times the minimum monthly salary and one Baptist has been
fined 10 times the minimum monthly salary.
"The 'offence' of all nine was to meet together to worship and share a meal on Palm Sunday. Protestants in the central city of Kashi have complained of an Illegal raid and house search against one of their co-believers and intrusive questioning of relatives about her."
Bayram added that local police officer Olim Gulomov put his phone down as soon as he heard Forum 18's name. And, he said, "state confiscations o f the property of Baptists in Samarkand continue to be carried out."