Posted by: becketfund | August 15, 2007

Turkmenistan: Another Jehovah’s Witness Sentenced

Forum 18 reports that in the town of Mary, in south-eastern Turkmenistan, Suleiman Udaev, a Jehovah’s Witness, has been handed a sentenced of eighteen months for his refusal to serve in the military, as it would have conflicted with his religious beliefs.  Though Udaev explained during his trial that his religion forbade him from “taking up arms to kill a person and the swearing of oaths”, he was found guilty of evading service.  Turkmenistan requires all eligible males to complete a period in the military, and has no alternative civil service in place.

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