The chief of Boukham village in Laos, along with the village security officials and village police, arrested a Lao Christian, Pastor Sompong Supatto and six other Christian believers for exercising religious freedom in gathering for religious worship at the house of Pastor Sompong Supatto.
The incident took place on Sunday, September 29, 2014, after the morning worship service when believers were gathering for lunch. All seven are being detained at the Boukham village government headquarters. Pastor Sompong is being held in handcuffs and leg stocks, while the six believers are being detained without handcuffs and leg stocks.
Laos, officially the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, bordered by Burma and People’s Republic of China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, and Thailand to the west.