“Two men are facing trial in Algeria after one of their wives, a Muslim, accused them of trying to convert her to Christianity. Rachid Ouali and his 67-year-old friend, Ali Larchi, were summoned before a judge in the town of Bouir after Ouali’s wife alleged that the pair brought her to church and urged her to leave the Islamic faith.
The two men have denied the accusations, and Ouali’s wife allegedly later told her husband that she had made the complaint while under pressure from her Muslim relatives. According to her complaint, Ouali’s wife was at lunch with the two men when they started sharing their testimonies of Christ’s goodness and faithfulness in their own lives. She recalled that the pair mentioned Jesus several times and exclaimed ‘Hallelujah’ to each other, as reported by Morning Star News.
Hearing their conversation, the woman jumped up and shouted, ‘You have brought me here to convert me and to deny my religion. You laid a trap for me,’ according to Ouali.
‘She kept raising her voice to make herself heard outside,’ he noted.
The wife, who has remained unnamed, then left the house and went to see relatives, including her brothers, who are both policemen. It was there that she was encouraged to make a formal complaint about her own husband and his friend.
Algeria enforces strict laws on evangelistic activities. The country’s notorious ‘Law 03/06’ seeks to impose a prison term of two to five years and a fine of 500,000 to 1 million dinars ($4,343 to $8,687) if anyone ‘incites, constrains, or utilizes means of seduction tending to convert a Muslim to another religion, or using for this purpose the institutions of education, health, social, cultural, or educational institutions, or other establishment, or financial advantage; or makes, stores or distributes printed documents or films or other audiovisual medium or means intended to undermine the faith of a Muslim.’
Later, Ouali said his wife confessed that her family had coerced her into filing the legal complaint.
‘I did not want to do it; it was my brothers who forced me to do it,’ she allegedly admitted, adding, ‘I’m stuck between my family and my husband, I do not know what to do.'”