Azerbaijan: Baptist leader pays fine but continues challenge to religious freedom

Azerbaijan: Baptist leader pays fine but continues challenge to religious freedom
A Baptist church leader has agreed to part pay his state fine for holding a worship meeting despite disagreeing with the court’s decision, reports regional news agency Forum 18. In December, officials demanded that Mehman Agamammadov, who helps lead a church in Aliabad, a village in the Zakatala district of . . . Read More

Azerbaijan: ‘no fair trial’ for house-church leader appealing against fine

Hamid Shabanov in 2007. (Photo: World Watch Monitor)
An Azerbaijani man fined for leading a “house church” without state permission has not been treated fairly during his appeal against the fine, a local source has told World Watch Monitor. The source, who wishes to remain anonymous, said there have been “multiple violations of law and process” against Hamid . . . Read More