Cuban pastor cleared on trafficking charges.

By December 8, 2006

Cuba (MNN)–Voice of the Martyrs’ Canada office has been tracking a story in Cuba.

Charges against Pastor Carlos Lamelas were being considered for ‘human trafficking.’ According to a report from Compass Direct, on February 20, Cuban authorities raided the home of Pastor Carlos Lamelas.

He was arrested and his computer, personal documents and several pieces of office equipment were confiscated. Lamelas was accused of aiding emigrants who sought to leave the country illegally, a charge he denied. It is thought police targeted Lamelas because he challenged the Castro regime on religious rights issues.

According to a letter from Lamelas, the trial was held on December 4 and the prosecutor recommended that Lamelas be exonerated of all charges and that there be no punishment. The case is now before the judge who may take several weeks to make a decision.

Pray that all charges will be dropped. Pray too, for the continued spread of the Gospel in Cuba despite increasing government opposition.

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