Pastor's Prison Sentence Stuns Congregation

Excerpt: An appeals court has spent two minutes affirming a two-year work camp sentence for a Baptist pastor who was holding Christian church services, a case on which Voice of the Martyrs, the worldwide ministry to persecuted Christians, has reported. The pastor, Zaur Balaev, had been in custody in Azerbaijan since his arrest in May. He was convicted in August under the national criminal code that punishes the threat of violence against a "state representative" carrying out his or her duties, and sentenced to prison.

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