Posted by: becketfund | September 13, 2007

Turkmenistan: Fifth Jehovah’s Witness Sentenced

Forum 18 reports that on September 12, the Azatlyk District Court in Ashgabad handed down a two-year suspended sentence to Begench Shakhmuradov, a Jehovah’s Witness who had refused to perform compulsory military service. Shakhmuradov, the fifth Jehovah’s Witness to receive such a punishment in recent months, was sentenced to a year in prison in 2005 for his refusal to serve in the military. The conditions of his current sentence are unknown, but will likely include having to report to the police on a regular basis and restricted travel and movement.

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