Kazakh Court Suspends Pastor's Sentence
A retired Presbyterian pastor has been set free from a Kazakhstan prison.
Pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev, 67, served eight months on charges that he harmed the health of a church member, incited hatred and led an organization that harms others.
The retired pastor's conviction came even though the alleged victim said she'd not been harmed.
On Monday, a Kazakh court suspended his four-year prison term and dropped all the other charges against him. He still must pay an $11,000 fine.
Members of Astana Grace Church said the Kazakh government has often targeted the pastor and their church.