Saturday, February 16, 2013

Libya Arrests Suspected Christian Missionaries

Libya arrests suspected Christian missionaries

3:44p.m. EST February 16, 2013

One of the alleged missionaries is both a U.S. and Swedish citizen
The other three are from South Africa, Egypt and South Korea

Police say they distributed 25,000 of 60,000 books in their possession

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Four foreigners were arrested in Libya on suspicion of distributing books about Christianity and proselytizing, a Libyan police spokesman said on Saturday.

Police spokesman Hussein bin Hamid said the suspects were from South Africa, Egypt and South Korea, and one held both Swedish and U.S. nationality. The Swedish Foreign Ministry confirmed that a dual national Swedish-American citizen was arrested while traveling on a U.S. passport. The U.S. Embassy in Libya declined comment.

Spreading Christianity is a crime in the predominantly Muslim North African county.

The four were arrested in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday and are under investigation for printing and distributing books that proselytize Christianity. Police said they found 45,000 books in their possession and that another 25,000 have already been distributed.

Bin Hamid said that embassy officials have visited them. He would not say where they are being held.

Last year, the International Committee of the Red Cross had to suspend its activities in Benghazi after assailants launched attacks on its offices. The aid group was accused by some in Libya of distributing Bibles and proselytizing.


Chi said...

good news, the "good missionaries" are probably there to steal some children for the pedophile rings, arrest them all globally.

xtinita said...

Don't take it generally Miss chi maybe someone is using the word missionaries to take advantage but not all missionaries are like that.


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