12/15/2018 Algeria (International Christian Concern) – Last November, a church and a Christian bookshop was closed by authorities in the Algerian city of Ain Turk. The church was reopened this past June, but the bookstore remained closed. On December 14, 2018, the Governor’s decision to close the bookstore was cancelled by the courts.
Originally, a closure order was issued against the bookstore based on the allegation that the tenant, who was the church’s pastor, was illegally printing Bibles and evangelistic brochures. However, no proof of these allegations were found during the subsequent police raid. The Governor of Oran decided to keep the bookstore closed nonetheless.
The court cancelled the Governor’s decision based on a legal technicality. The closure order wrongly identified the wrong Christian as the tenant of the bookstore. The court’s decision to reopen the bookstore was based solely on this technicality and did not refer to the allegations of evangelism. The court denied a request from the pastor for compensation for wrongfully closing the bookstore.
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