Maldives Arrests Indian Teacher for Owning Bible 10/26/2011

by Moody Adams
Police in the island nation of Maldives held a teacher from India for about 15 days before deporting him on Oct. 14 for having a Bible in his house, a source said, reports the Associated Press.

Shijo Kokkattu was arrested after police found a Bible in his house during a raid, a foreign source in the capital city of Male told Compass by phone.

He is charged with preaching his Christian faith in this Muslim nation.

Police raided his home after Kokkattu’s colleagues found Christian materials on a school computer he had used and reported it to authorities.

The Maldives, a string of 1,190 islands boasting numerous white beaches in the Indian Ocean, is a tourist paradise visited by tens of thousands of Westerners each year. It claims all of its 300,000 citizens are Sunni Muslims.

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