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Voice of the Martyrs, 12 September 2019

Bakhrom’s Kholmatov’s family are looking forward to his expected release in April of 2020.

According to his wife Gulnora, the first two years were a struggle, but now she feels like she is nearing the end of a difficult season.  She began to suffer from severe high blood pressure after her husband was detained.

Fortunately, she has started to experience an improvement in her health.

Pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov was detained by police in April 2017 and sentenced in July 2017 to three years in prison. The 44-year-old was arrested after National Security officers raided Good News of Grace Protestant Church, beating church members in addition to arresting the pastor. The officers confiscated items including the pastor’s computer and the book More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell.

Officials claim that Christian songs found on Pastor Bakhrom’s computer and the More Than a Carpenter book are “extremist materials”.

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