Friday, September 20, 2019

Six Jehovah's Witnesses jailed yesterday in Russia

Russia has widened a crackdown in opposition to Jehovah’s Witnesses, jailing six adherents of the Christian denomination for extremism in a transfer rights activists mentioned was unjust and flouted spiritual freedom.

A regional court docket in Saratov jailed six Jehovah’s Witnesses on Thursday for as much as three-and-a-half years, a court docket spokeswoman mentioned on Friday.

“Sure they had been convicted,” the spokeswoman, Olga Pirueva, mentioned. “Punishments ranged from three years and 6 months down to 2 years (in jail).”

The court docket discovered the six males responsible of constant the actions of an extremist group, a reference to a 2017 ruling from Russia’s Supreme Court docket which discovered the group to be an “extremist” organisation and ordered it to disband, Reuters reported.