Churches in Uzbekistan raided, property seized comment (0)
October 3, 2013
KARSHI, Uzbekistan — After a Baptist congregation in Uzbekistan’s southern city of Karshi had religious literature and church property confiscated in three police raids so far in 2013, court bailiffs arrived in late July.
Court bailiffs seized a church’s piano, pulpit, carpet, refrigerator and 17 benches, as well as privately owned property, to meet unpaid fines imposed on homeowner Svetlana Andreychenko because the congregation chooses to meet without the compulsory state registration.
Andreychenko told the bailiffs “she had not and will not pay the fine since she does not think she is guilty of a violation,” church members said.
When one of the bailiffs was asked why he and his colleagues took away church-owned property that did not belong to Andreychenko, he was unable to answer.