DASHOGUZ, Turkmenistan (F18) — A week after their Sunday worship was raided, eleven Baptists in the northern city of Dashoguz were fined two months’ average wages, Protestants told Forum 18 News Service. One of those fined was a schoolboy aged 17.
Two of the judges refused to discuss with Forum 18 why they had punished individuals for meeting for worship. One of the judges also refused to explain why he had imprisoned a Jehovah’s Witness conscientious objector in March. And Mystery surrounds whether any Turkmen pilgrims will be allowed to join this year’s haj pilgrimage to Mecca, which begins in late October.