A man who was accused of insulting Islam and inciting hatred for becoming a Christian in Muslim-majority Kazakhstan was jailed for 12 weeks, then given a sentence of seven years under house arrest, according to a group that works in support of persecuted Christians around the world.

Then he was hauled back into court and told he was being shipped to a prison labor camp for two years. Immediately. The report involving Yklas Kabduakasov, 54, has been documented by officials with The Voice of the Martyrs, which explained the nation’s secret police investigated him and made statements to the court.

Those police, in Kazakhstan’s National Security Committee, monitored his activities and movements for over a year, gathering secret recordings of his conversations with university students with whom he had a Bible study and raiding his home to seize his books. FULL REPORT