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(AsiaNews/Agencies) – Two Laotian Christians, Khamchan and Vangthong, were arrested three months ago and later sentenced to three years in prison. Lao Foreign Ministry spokesman Yong Chanthalangsy said the two were accused of “illegal possession of weapons”, but the Paris-based Laotian Movement for Human Rights (Mouvement laotien pour les droits de l’homme or MLDH) reported instead that Khamchan and Vanthong were sentenced because of their Christian faith. The two were part of a group of 11 believers arrested Easter week-end in a village in the southern province of Savannakhet . The group was detained in the prison of Muang Phine, but the other nine were released after officially renouncing their faith.