Rwandan police have arrested a controversial US pastor as he was about to conduct a information convention within the capital, Kigali.
Evangelist Gregg Schoof was arrested for holding an “unlawful assembly with journalists”, police stated.
Mr Schoof had been attributable to criticise the Rwandan authorities for shutting down his radio station and his church.
The Superb Grace radio station was banned final 12 months after it broadcast a sermon that described ladies as “evil”.
Mr Schoof’s church was closed in February, amongst a whole bunch of others, for failing to adjust to constructing laws “and for noise air pollution”.
In Could, Mr Schoof misplaced an enchantment in opposition to the federal government’s media regulator through which he had tried to reopen his radio station.
The BBC’s Jean Claude Mwambutsa in Kigali stated Mr Schoof had booked a venue for his press convention on Monday however the house owners denied him entry on the final minute.
As he stood exterior speaking to the media, police arrested him.
“We arrested Mr Schoof and handed him over to the Rwanda Investigative Bureau,” police spokesman John Bosco Kabera advised AFP information company.
“He was arrested for holding an unlawful assembly with journalists in a public house. It’s unlawful to carry conferences in public areas with out authorisation.”
In a press assertion handed to the media earlier than his detention, Mr Schoof stated the Rwandan authorities had “taken a stand in opposition to God with its heathen practices”.
“Christian radio illegally closed, 7,000 church buildings illegally closed, condoms are promoted to kids in faculties which promotes filth,” the press launch learn.
He additionally criticised the educating of evolution in faculties and the easing of restrictions on abortion, including: “Is that this authorities making an attempt to ship individuals to hell?”
Mr Schoof has beforehand questioned the liberty of expression in Rwanda, our correspondent says.
His radio station was accused of “selling division within the nation” final 12 months after it broadcast a sermon by a neighborhood pastor who stated ladies have been “harmful creatures of evil, going in opposition to God’s plans”.
Mr Schoof and his household have been based in Rwanda since 2003, according to their website.