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Death Penalty Sought for Christian 'Converts'

April 26, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Muslim prosecutors sought the death penalty for two men accused of converting from Islam to Christianity. An Islamic court judge gave the men three days to reconvert.

Lawali Yakubu and Ali Jafaru, both in their 30s, were accused in the northern town of Mada of abandoning Islam and joining the Great Commission Movement, an international evangelical church.

The two argued that they had never been Muslims. Rather, they said, they were members of the Magazawa, a group that has long practiced Christianity.

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