LIBYA: Six Christians Face Potential Death Penalties

06 June 2023

Source: Barnabas Aid, The Guardian, The New Arab

Six Libyans may face the death penalty for converting to Christianity and encouraging others to do the same.

The believers were charged under Article 207 of Libya’s penal code, which punishes any attempt to spread views that aim to “alter fundamental constitutional principles, or the fundamental structures of the social order, or overthrow the state, and anyone who possesses books, leaflets, drawings, slogans or any other items that promote their cause”.

The Christians, who are from western Libya, had been detained by the authorities in March. One of the believers is a 22-year-old woman who released a video explaining her conversion which took place when she was 15 years of age.

In a statement from Libya’s Internal Security Agency, it was reported that the arrests were made to “stop an organised gang action aiming to solicit and make people leave Islam”.

According to the interim constitution of Libya, while Islam is the state religion and the principal source of legislation, non-Muslims in the country are guaranteed the freedom to practise their religion.


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    One response to “LIBYA: Six Christians Face Potential Death Penalties”

    1. K and F says:

      Lord please move in this situation for these christian Libyans need a miracle from you to avoid this death penalty. Lord work in their situation so that you will may be done, and not the will of this muslim government. Sad that this religion tells the world its a most peaceful religion, but that is so far from the truth, especially where christianity is concerned. They have no peace, love or tolerance for any christian. Please also give these christians your peace, love, joy and strength to get them through, and give them a scripture from your bible to hold onto .In your loving name we pray

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