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Persecution in Algeria

April 2014

A Christian convert in Algeria has been threatened with death for his faith, a report from Morning Star News has claimed.

Ali Touahir, 52, from the northern Algerian city of Tizi Ouzou, became a Christian in 2012 after a friend introduced him to the gospel, and was baptised on 29 December that year.

In June 2013, his wife, who was opposed to his new faith, left him and took their seven-year-old daughter with her. He has been told he will never see his daughter again.

According to Morning Star News, Mr Touahir has also been told that his former brothers-in-law threatened to kill him for apostasy. The case came to light after his ex-wife was encouraged by her family to pursue a divorce through the courts.

Although Algeria is a predominantly Muslim country, it is not illegal to be a Christian although it is illegal to persuade someone to convert to Christianity.

The Morning Star News reported on a court hearing on 22 January for the purpose of reconciliation. In that hearing the judge said it was not permissible for the ex-wife to refuse visits. He also suggested that Mr Touahir should renounce his Christian faith. He refused.

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