Former Grand Valley Resident Jailed In Malaysia For Religious Beliefs

A Fruita Monument High School graduate wound up in a foreign jail for handing out Christian literature. Zach Harris, who graduated from the Grand Valley school in 1993, was freed from jail after spending a week incarcerated in Malaysia.

Harris has been studying in Singapore for the last year–and–a–half. According to his step–father, he isn't a missionary. but a strong Christian and student. Harris's sister, Fawn Lawrence, says that on a trip to Malaysia, Harris and a friend were taken into custody for distributing Christian literature.

It's against Malaysian law to hand out Christian material in a Muslim controlled country. Family members say as of yesterday all charges were dismissed against both of the students and the family is relieved.

Harris is now free to come and go throughout Malaysia, but family members say he will most likely return to his home in Singapore to finish his studies. He is currently getting his doctorate in mathematics.

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