Barnabas News in Brief

August 21, 2013 by  
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PAKISTAN: ISLAMIC CLERIC CLEARED OF PLANTING EVIDENCE ON RIMSHA

Islamic cleric cleared of planting evidence on RimshaThe Islamic cleric who was accused of planting evidence on Rimsha Masih to frame her for blasphemy has been acquitted.

Khalid Jadoon Chishti was said to have added pages ripped from a Quran into the bag of burnt papers the Christian girl was carrying.

Chishti, the leader of a mosque in Maherabad, was cleared by a court in Islamabad on Saturday (17 August) of desecrating the Quran and planting false evidence, after witnesses against him retracted their statements.

They had been threatened with retribution by Islamic extremists. Rimsha’s lawyer said that the police failed to provide adequate protection for the witnesses.

INDIA: PASTOR’S MOTHER TOLD TO CONVERT OR FACE DEATH, BEATEN BY HINDU EXTREMISTS

Pastor’s MotherA pastor’s mother was severely beaten by Hindu extremists who threatened to kill her and cut her into pieces if she did not convert to Hinduism.

Four men came to her son’s home in Jaipur, Rajasthan, where she was alone, on 13 August. They were looking for the Rev. Vishaal Behl and his wife; when they found out that the couple were not in, the assailants forced their way in and started smashing up the furniture.

They threatened the mother in an effort to get her to reveal where her son and daughter-in-law were, and when she said that she did not know, they beat her, causing serious injuries to her head and arms.

INDONESIA: SECURITY FORCES RAID CHURCH IN PAPUA

Indonesia christiansThe Indonesian security forces raided a church in Papua in what was claimed to be an operation against arms trafficking.

They broke down the front door of the church in Paniai regency after the Sunday service on 4 August and searched the building. Finding nothing, an officer ordered a parishioner to open a locked room; one of the soldiers, impatient at waiting for the key to be located, kicked down the door.

The predominantly Christian Melanesians of Papua suffer frequent and severe abuse at the hands of the Indonesian military, which has brutally resisted an independence movement for the last 50 years.

– barnabas team

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