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Uzbekistan: crippling fine for possession of film about Jesus

October 26, 2010

A Protestant man in Uzbekistan has been slapped with a heavy fine for owning a film about Jesus,

Murat Jalalov faces a fine of 3.1 million Soms—a sum that represents more than 7 years’ income at the minimum salary in the impoverished country. His offense was possession of a single copy of a film prepared by the Campus Crusade for Christ, which authorities determined “could be used among local ethnicities for missionary purposes.”

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