THIMPHU, Bhutan (Morning Star News, TAB) — Bhutanese authorities arrested pastors M.B. Thapa and Tandin Wangyal March 5. They have spent more than a month in jail and have not yet been formally charged with a crime. Minister of Home and Cultural Affairs Damcho Dorji said that the two pastors were trying to coercively “proselytize” and had not obtained permission to hold a public gathering, though area police chief Pema Wangdi reportedly ruled out a proselytizing charge. “We found no evidence to show they were [forcibly] converting,”Wangdi said, adding that the only basis for their arrest was alleged failure to procure prior approval to conduct a gathering in the village.
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