Posted by: becketfund | June 13, 2007

Uzbekistan: Jehovah’s Witness Condemned to Labor Camp

Forum 18 reports that on May 14, a city court in Samarkand, Uzbekistan sentenced Irfon Hamidov, a Jehovah’s Witness, to two years of forced labor for “illegally” teaching his faith. Witnesses add that Hamidov was “severely beaten” while in detention awaiting trial. Meanwhile,Interfax reports that in Uzbekistan’s Kashkadarya province, a court banned Jehovah’s Witnesses from operating, even as it granted amnesty to a man who had organized meetings for the Jehovah’s Witness community.

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