Ethiopia Detains Bible Distributor On "Terrorism" Charges

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Friday, February 19, 2010

By Worthy News Africa Service

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (Worthy News)-- There was concern Friday, February 19, that Ethiopian authorities would press "terrorism" charges against a Christian convert who has been detained since May for distributing Bibles and abandoning Islam, well-informed Christians said.

Bashir Musa Ahmed, 39, was was reportedly arrested and jailed May 23, 2009 for "malicious" distribution of Bibles in Jijiga, the capital of Ethiopia’s Somali Region Zone Five, a predominantly Muslim area in eastern Ethiopia.

Christian observers with close knowledge about his situation said however he has not been formally charged.

Ethiopian law protects religious freedom, but officials have suggested that the Bibles, with covers that resemble Islam's book the Koran, may violate copyright legislation and may have been "disrespectful" to Islam.


Rights activists say the contested version of the Bible has long been available in Ethiopia and is used by Somali Christians inside and outside of the country.

Local Christians said however that the 'copyright' legislation has been misused to harass minority Christians.

Ahmed's relatives and tribe reportedly encouraged his detention to stop him from spreading Christianity in the region.

With apparently no clear evidence, police have now accused Bashir of terrorism, allowing them to hold him longer behind bars, church groups said. (With Worthy News' Stefan J. Bos).

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2 thoughts on “Ethiopia Detains Bible Distributor On "Terrorism" Charges

  1. Praying!

    "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction." 2 Peter 2:1

    Open Your Book

    "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
    And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
    And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
    And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up." Deuteronomy 6:4-7

    And Bless The Peoples

    "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
    For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
    He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." John 3:16-18

    Of Ethiopia

    "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts." Jeremiah 15:16

    O Lord God Of Israel

    Bless Your Holy Holy Holy Name

    Your Child In Jesus


  2. Looks like Christain are persecuted everywhere, inlcuding in ancient Christian land! I thought Ethiopia is a majority-Christian land, but it looks like Arabic-led Islamists are set to conquer Africa, including ancient Christian lands! What's wrong with a convert from Islam, to Christianity, to distribute bibles in Islamic areas - and to be called a terrorist?! If Muslims do that, will they be similarly persecuted - I don't think so; especially if the Muslims threaten to go on violent riots ! So the Ethiopian Govt recognizes freedom of religion but not freedom of individuals, to believe?!

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