SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan — A judge in Uzbekistan refused Oct. 14 to overturn fines against five Baptists convicted of illegal worship, according to Oct. 26 reports. Fines totaling roughly 10 times Uzbekistan’s minimum monthly salary stemmed from what police termed an “anti-terror” raid on an unregistered congregation worshiping in a home Aug. 15 in Samarkand, the nation’s second-largest city. Worshipers said…
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