Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Authorities Threaten Christian in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan authorities have threatened to seize the property of Shageldy Atakov. In 1999, Shageldy was imprisoned with charges of swindling another person of US $12,000 in a car deal. However, many Christians believe these were false charges aimed at stopping Atakov's Christian activities. While imprisoned in Seydi Labor Camp, he was beaten repeatedly, given inadequate medical care, and forced to take psychotropic drugs when he refused to leave his faith.

Now, ten years later, the authorities are threatening to take his property if he does not pay a large sum of money. They claim he acquired it in an illegal way in 1995.

Pray that any lies about Shageldy Atakov will be exposed and that he will be strengthened by the Lord during this rough time.

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