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Supreme Court sentences pastor to prison for “proselytizing” in Nepal

The Supreme Court in Nepal denied the application of a Nepali pastor and upheld the high court judgement of a one-year prison term and fine, even after there were no witnesses to establish the allegation of proselytization, according the pastor himself.


Despite a lack of substantial evidence, Pastor Acharya was convicted based on the testimony of one person. No witnesses came forward to corroborate the allegation.

Keshab Raj Acharya, 35, of Abundant Harvest Church in Pokhara, Nepal, has been sentenced to one year in prison and fined $75 (10,000 Nepalese rupees) under the country’s proselytization law, which went into effect in August 2018.

The Supreme Court’s Court’s came on the 6th of October, wherein the court rejected Acharya’Acharya’spplication and upheld the high court’s court’s of one-year imprisonment pronounced on the 13th of  July.


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