COPEN­HAGEN Four Chris­tian mis­sion­ar­ies ar­rested in Malaysia re­turn home to Fin­land

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - International Business - AP

Four Fin­nish tourists who were ar­rested in Malaysia last week for dis­tribut­ing Chris­tian ma­te­ri­als in pub­lic places on a re­sort is­land re­turned to Fin­land on Wed­nes­day.

Timo Val­to­nen held up a pen – sim­i­lar to ones in­scribed with Bi­ble verses that were seized in Malaysia – as he and three oth­ers were greeted by sup­port­ers at Helsinki’s Vanta air­port.

They were de­tained last week in Langkawi and in­ves­ti­gated for al­legedly caus­ing dishar­mony and vi­o­lat­ing their visa sta­tus. Po­lice seized 47 pens and 336 note­books con­tain­ing Bi­ble verses. They were de­ported on Tues­day.

Prose­lytis­ing of Mus­lims by mem­bers of other re­li­gions is for­bid­den in Malaysia, al­though the re­verse is al­lowed. Mus­lims, who com­prise nearly two-thirds of Malaysia’s 31 mil­lion peo­ple, are also not legally per­mit­ted to change re­li­gion. –

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