Algiers, 05 September, 2021 / 9:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based human rights foundation, is demanding the release of an Alafia Christian man who has been on the wrong side of the government for abandoning Islam in favor of Christianity.
CSW leadership reports that 53-year-old Sulieman Buhafss was first arrested in Algeria on 31 July 2016 and was accused of converting to Christianity and defaming Islam.
“He was initially sentenced to five years in prison, but this was later reduced to three years. In July 2020 he received a presidential pardon, a customary tradition in which some prisoners are pardoned on Independence Day, and he was released after spending 20 months in prison,” the organization says in a Tuesday, August 31 report.
Upon his release, Mr. Buhafss moved to Tunisia, where he applied for asylum and registered with the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
According to the Christian organization, Buhafss was arrested by secret police in Tunisia on August 25. He was reportedly repatriated and handed over to the Algerian authorities.