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Christian family accused of “inciting” Muslim to convert in Algeria

Middle East and North Africa

Christian family accused of “inciting” Muslim to convert in Algeria

Four Algerian Christians from the same family are scheduled to appear in court on 6 November on charges of “inciting a Muslim to change religion”.

In July 2018, a 40-year-old Muslim woman whose husband converted to Christianity filed a complaint against her Christian husband and against a Christian family, accusing them of “pressuring her to become a Christian”. The Christian family had attempted to ease the conflict between the couple.

The Christian family members were first ordered to appear in court in the Kabylie region of northern Algeria on 9 October, but the hearing has now been postponed until November.

Conversion from Islam is not a criminal offence in Algeria, but those found guilty of evangelising to Muslims potentially face a five-year jail sentence.