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 Djillali Saibi
Djillali Saibi, One of the Christians found guilty
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Compass Direct

Four of the six Christians detained by police while leaving a prayer meeting in Tiaret on May 9 (click here for more details) were given suspended sentences and fined by an Algerian court on June 3 for seeking to convert Muslims to Christianity, according to a June 3 report from Compass Direct. The court gave Rachid Muhammad Essaghir a six-month suspended sentence and a 200,000-dinar fine ($3,282 CAD). He was originally charged with "distributing documents to shake the faith of Muslims." Chabane Beikel, Abdelhak Rebeih and Djillali Saibi were each given two-month suspended sentences and 100,000-dinar ($1,640 CAD) fines. The two other believers on trial, Mohamed Khene and Abdelkader Hori, were acquitted.

For more information on the increased persecution of Christians in Algeria, go to the Algeria Country Report.


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Country Information


43,576,691 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Aran-Berber (99), European (<1)

Religions (%)
Muslim (99), Other, Christian and Jewish (<1)

Abdelmadjid Tebboune (Dec. 2019)

Government type
Presidential republic

Legal system
mix of French civil law and Islamic law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Algeria

Pray that God will use the current restrictions to draw many more Algerians into a relationship with Christ. Pray for conversions to Jesus among the country’s powerful Islamist leaders.

Pray Algerian believers will respond to pressure with faith and perseverance.

Pray for the nation's young people, who make up a large percentage of the population in general, as well as the majority of Christians. May they not be frustrated or disillusioned but rather strengthened and encouraged in Christ Jesus.


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