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MALDIVES. BANGLADESHI CHRISTIAN IN JAIL FOR BRINGING IN CHRISTIAN LITERATURE.
ICC Note:
A Bangladeshi Christian and a U.S. Christian were arrested and deported for bringing Christian literature into the Maldives. The Bangladeshi was in jail for 23 days before he was released. The Maldives claims that 100% of its citizens are Muslim and take “materials contrary to Islam” very seriously.
12/6/2012 Maldives (RescueChristians.org)- Authorities in the Maldives held a Bangladeshi Christian in jail for 23 days before deporting him for bringing Christian literature into the South Asian archipelago that claims to be 100 percent Muslim.
According to a story by Morning Star News, customs officials found Jathish Biswas, 46, with 11 books on Christianity in the Dhivehi language, the Christian worker said. Arrested on Sept. 27 at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in Malé, the nation’s capital, he was deported on Oct. 19, after being held in jail for 23 days.
“While I was not physically harmed, authorities treated me as if I wanted to destroy their nation by bringing in Christian books,” he said. “They stripped me almost naked to see if I was carrying anything else.”
Biswas is executive director of Way of Life Trust, a Christian social and economic development agency.
“Customs and police officials would ask me question after question and deny me proper food,” Morning Star News said he added.
A U.S. Christian whose identity is withheld for security reasons was later arrested and deported for alleged links with Biswas. Biswas said, however, that he did not know the other Christian and had not heard of his deportation.
Morning Star News said local press reported that both Christians would not be allowed into the country again.

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