MISRATA, Libya — A Libyan man who became a Christian four years ago has been sentenced to death for apostasy.
The court of appeal in Misrata, Libya recently handed down the death sentence because the man refused to recant his faith in Jesus Christ and return to Islam, the relief group Barnabas Fund reported.
Libya’s militia has arrested him several times since he became a Christian.
A law mandating the death penalty for apostasy was passed by the general national congress, which existed from 2012–14. The Libyan house of representatives replaced it and abolished all laws the congress had passed, but subsequently Libya’s supreme court in Tripoli deemed the house of representatives to be illegal, Barnabas Fund stated, which permitted courts to continue sentencing people to death for apostasy.
Libya is No. 4 on Open Doors’ 2022 World Watch List of places most difficult to be a Christian.
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