Uzbekistan Police Arrest Christians, Take Bibles

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A government crackdown against evangelical Christians is still underway in the central Asian nation of Uzbekistan.

The lockdown began in the capital city of Tashkent earlier in May when police and other agencies led a massive raid against the Church of Christ, one of the largest churches in the city.

Officials arrested church leaders and confiscated Bibles, Christian literature, and computers.

Felix Corley, with Forum 18 News Service, reported on the trials that took place as a result of the arrests.

"Two days after the raid, they held a trial where eight members of the church were brought before the court," he explained. "Three of them were given 15-day imprisonment. That's the maximum term... and the others were fined."

Corley added that five others were given fines "80 times the minimum monthly wage."

Uzbekistan is considered one of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world. It appears on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom watch list.

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