Christian Couple Detained in Somaliland as ‘Apostates’ are Released and Deported to Safe Country

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A married Christian couple, detained for being “apostates and evangelists spreading Christianity” in Muslim-majority Somaliland, have been suddenly released and deported to Somalia, allowing them to subsequently travel with their youngest child to a safe country and reunite with their two older sons.

Barnabas Aid  says the couple, who were arrested by police on September 21 when Christian material was found at their home, made several appearances in the Somaliland regional court before being unexpectedly released and ordered to be deported on November 1.

The couple’s lawyer noted that the decision came after European government representatives raised the case with the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Middle East Concern (MEC) said that on November 1 the Somaliland Regional Court ordered the deportation of the  couple, Somali converts from Islam to Christianity, to Somalia. They had been arrested in September, considered to be “apostates and evangelists spreading Christianity.”

On November 5 they, with an infant, travelled to Somalia. This week they moved to a safe country, to be reunited with their two oldest sons.

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SOURCE: Assist News