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Libya: Convert to Christianity Sentenced to Death for Apostasy

September 14, 2022

The the majority of Christians in Libya are members of the Coptic Orthodox Church; Greek Orthodox Christians in Libya are under the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Alexandria; likewise. Christians in Libya have faced escalating persecution since the fall of the Gaddafi regime and the ensuing chaos in that nation. In Tripoli, the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George is still open, but is subject to sporadic harassment and persecution.

For more ChristianPersecution.com coverage of the persecution of Christians in Libya, see here.

“Libya: Convert sentenced to death for apostasy,” Middle East Concern, September 12, 2022:

Libyan Christians urge us to pray for a convert to Christianity sentenced to death by an appeals court in a city in western Libya.

The young man, who accepted Jesus about four years ago, was arrested by militias and detained several times during the past few years. They have tried to force him to recant his faith, but he has refused. Due to the lack of rule of law and official law enforcement agencies in Libya, militias act as police, intelligence agency and army.

Libya has no law against apostasy, which means converts are usually tried for treason. However, this court based its decision on a law enacted by the General National Congress, the elected legislative body between 2012 and 2014. Under that law an apostate from Islam must be executed if they do not recant….

The convert was required to publish the verdict in a local newspaper and on a local radio station, as well as display it outside his residence and the court. He did not have legal representation during the proceedings.