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Worthy Christian News » Cuba Evangelical Pastor Sentenced To Six Years Imprisonment

By Worthy News Staff

HAVANA, CUBA (Worthy News) — There was international concern Tuesday, July 14, over the detention of a Cuban Evangelical pastor, after news emerged he has been sentenced to six years in prison on charges that include "counter-revolutionary conduct and attitudes" as part of what rights investigators called “mounting state hostility towards religious groups."

The family home of detained Pastor Omar Gude Pérez will also  confiscated as part of the sentence, trial observers said.

State prosecutors initially attempted to charge Gude Pérez with "human trafficking", although these accusations were dropped in March 2009 after a court in the central town of Camaguey reportedly ruled there was no evidence.

However Pastor Gude Pérez remained detained and in mid-April new charges of 'falsification of documents and illicit economic activities” were reportedly filed. The prosecution’s petition also accused the pastor of “counter-revolutionary conduct and attitudes.”

Britain-based advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), which has been in close contact with the family, suggested that the charges are linked to the government's concerns over his leadership role in the ‘Apostolic Reformation’, a fast growing Christian organisation;

"FALSE DOCUMENTS"

"Pastor Omar Gude Pérez’s wife Kenia has informed CSW that false documents and testimonies were presented in court. CSW has also received reliable information indicating that more than twenty other church leaders were temporarily arrested and threatened in the last two months."

The group added that some Christians were detained just before Pastor Gude Perez’s court hearing in May, "indicating an attempt by the authorities to prevent a show of support for the pastor at his hearing."

CSW said that has been an increase in reported “violations of religious liberty” since Raul Castro took power in early 2008.

"The heavy sentence handed to Pastor Gude Pérez follows a pattern of mounting state hostility towards religious groups. For example, for the past nine months Reverend Roberto Rodriguez has also been subjected to ongoing legal proceedings on trumped up charges. Last week he received a fourth citation commanding him to present himself to the local courts," the group explained.

CSW Advocacy Director Alexa Papadouris said in a statement to Worthy News that his group  "In light of the evidence given" strongly "condemns Pastor Omar Gude Pérez’s prison sentence and call on the Cuban Government to immediately investigate and review his case."

CSW said it has also urged Cuban authorities to ratify what is known as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights "and remind them of the protections, in particular religious freedom, laid out in that document".

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  • FresnoJoe
    29 July 2009 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    {{{… an increase in reported “violations of religious liberty” since Raul Castro took power in early 2008 …}}}

    Praying!

    "Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake."
    "And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another."
    "And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many."
    "And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold."
    "But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."
    Matthew 24:9-13

    Salvation

    "And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise."
    1 Chronicles 16:35

    Save The Sinner

    "But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
    Matthew 9:13

    Glory! Glory! Glory! To The KING!

    "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory."
    1 Timothy 3:16

    Praise Your Holy Name!
    Love, Joe

    "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
    John 3:16

    • Missie
      7 September 2010 at 12:22 pm - Reply

      Bless you Joe. Jesus loves you.

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