ICC Note: Christians in Zanzibar have a difficult time receiving a fair court hearing simply because of their religion. Discrimination in the area makes Christians live in fear since they can be accused and imprisoned without any proof. This is one of the many cases of persecution that Christians experience in Zanzibar, where they also find constant opposition from the Muslim majority when needing permissions to build a church or wanting to freely practice their religion.
04/13/2017, Tanzania (Morning Star News) – Muslims in Zanzibar have re-opened a child abuse case dismissed more than two years ago as a pretext for jailing a pastor on the semi-autonomous island off the coast of Tanzania, church leaders said.
Police in November 2014 had closed the case against pastor Yohana Madai of the Free Pentecostal Church of Tanzania in Tomondo village, near Zanzibar Town, due to lack of evidence and witnesses, according to the Pastors Alliance of Zanzibar.
The case stemmed from an incident on Nov. 10, 2014, when Salha Hamad Ali, a 9-year-old girl on the predominantly Muslim island of Zanzibar, pounded on the door of Pastor Madai’s church building one evening with the aim of disrupting the worship within, according to the alliance.
“The pastor saw her through the window, so he came out of the church building quickly and caught hold of her and took her to local government leaders, in order to give a warning,” said an alliance leader who requested anonymity.