ADVERTISING
 
Sunday, May 26   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
The future of Europe
Should Christians vote in the European Parliament election in May 2019?



SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Africa
 

Acquittals upheld for Christian converts in Algeria who lost their wives

Muslims in-laws pressured women to accuse husbands.

AUTHOR Morning Star News TIZI-OUZOU 06 MAY 2019 11:00 h GMT+1
Tizi-Ouzou, in Algeria. / Magharebia (Wikipedia, CC)

A convert from Islam in Algeria whose Muslim wife charged him with inciting her to change her religion won a final court battle in April – after losing her to divorce in March.



A court on April 17 upheld Rachid Ouali’s acquittal following a final appeal of the Dec. 25 verdict. The woman who had filed the charges against him divorced him on March 3.



“I’m sorry we got to this point, but my wife is under the influence of her brothers – they manipulate her,” Ouali told Morning Star News. “On several occasions she told me that she would like to come back, but she always says, ‘I cannot…’”



It is fortunate they did not have children, he said.



“I never wanted her to leave,” he said. “It is she who provoked this entire situation. On my side, I forgive her. And I am even now ready to welcome her if she decides to return. I do not think she’s even aware of what she’s doing. One day she will wake up, perhaps, and then she will become aware. We need your prayers.”



Ouali and four other Christians had been charged with inciting a Muslim to change her religion after his wife became upset when they sang a Christian song and talked about Jesus at a lunch at his friend Ali Laarchi’s house. She left for her parents’ home, where she told relatives, including two brothers, about the visit.



The two brothers, both policemen, demanded that she go to the National Gendarmerie to file a complaint against her husband and Laarchi, Ouali’s attorney said. She filed a complaint on July 2, 2018 accusing her husband, Laarchi, Laarchi’s wife and daughter and a Christian friend of having brought her to a church service and trying to persuade her to leave Islam and become a Christian.



Ouali’s wife, whose name is withheld, has told him that she filed the charge under pressure from Muslim relatives, Ouali said.



Algeria’s Law 03/2006, commonly known as Law 03/06, calls for a prison term of two to five years and a fine of 500,000 to 1 million dinars (US$4,343 to US$8,687) for anyone who “incites, constrains, or utilizes means of seduction tending to convert a Muslim to another religion, or using for this purpose the institutions of education, health, social, cultural, or educational institutions, or other establishment, or financial advantage; or makes, stores or distributes printed documents or films or other audiovisual medium or means intended to undermine the faith of a Muslim.”



Ouali’s attorney, Nadjib Sadek, told Morning Star News that it was unfortunate that the case resulted in the end of the nearly 10-year marriage.



“The wife, the source of all this conflict, asked for the divorce and was successful in basing it on the ‘foundations of Islam,’” Sadek said. “She said to the judge, ‘I am not allowed to live under the same roof as a disbeliever who has renounced Islam to become a Christian; this is a grave sin.’”



Sadek did not learn of the verdict upholding the acquittal of the five Christians until Thursday (April 25), he said, as attorneys, bailiffs and judges had been on strike.



“Thus on Thursday, April 25, all five, Ali Laarchi with his wife and daughter, Rachid Ouali and Mohamed Aissaoui, have received the good news of upholding of their acquittal,” he said. “They are free.”



 



ANOTHER ACQUITTAL UPHELD



The ruling comes two months after the acquittal was upheld of another convert from Islam who lost his wife, as well as his two young daughters, due to his faith in Christ.



Ahmed Beghal (name changed for security reasons) was acquitted of the charge of undermining Islam on Dec. 30 after his wife, accompanied by her parents, filed a complaint with gendarmerie on 2017. Under pressure from her family, she divorced him after falsely accusing him of attacking Islam and destroying a box inscribed with a verse from the Koran on it.



A judge upheld the acquittal in a Feb. 27 ruling.



His in-laws have kept him from visiting his daughters since they learned of his conversion and urged his wife to leave him, according to Beghal.



Islam is the state religion in Algeria, where 99 percent of the population of 40 million are Muslim. Since 2000, thousands of Algerian Muslims have put their faith in Christ. Algerian officials estimate the number of Christians at 50,000, but others say it could be twice that number.



Algeria ranked 22nd on Christian support organization Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List of the 50 countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Acquittals upheld for Christian converts in Algeria who lost their wives
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Glimpses of the ELF 2019 conference Glimpses of the ELF 2019 conference

Evangelical leaders from across Europe meet in Wisla (Poland) to network for mission in a range of fields. The vision is to renew the biblical church and evangelise Europe.

 
AEA Plaza opens to serve African evangelicals AEA Plaza opens to serve African evangelicals

After many years of labour, the Association of Evangelicals in Africa officially opened its new centre in Nairobi, Kenya. “Africa, your time has come!”, said the World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General Efraim Tendero.

 
‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’ ‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’

Photos of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance’s annual gathering “Idea 2019”, in Murcia. Politicians and church leaders discussed about the role of minorities in society.

 
VIDEO Video
 
God’s love and judgement in the New Testament God’s love and judgement in the New Testament

Both God’s love and judgement are intensified in the New Testament, says Paul Caopn, Chair of Philosophy and Ethics of Palm Beach Atlantic University (US).

 
A call to prayer from the streets of Venezuela A call to prayer from the streets of Venezuela

In the midst of the turmoil in Venezuela, Pastor Carlos Vielma, Vice President of the Union of Christian Churches of Venezuela, sent out an urgent plea for Christians everywhere to pray.

 
Romania: God’s Word among Roma people Romania: God’s Word among Roma people

Gypsies are one of the largest ethnic minority groups in Romania. According to 2013 estimates, the Roma groups make up 10% of the country's population, accounting for about 1.5 million people.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.