PROSECUTOR ASKS 7 YEARS FOR DEFENDANT IN JEHOVAH'S WITNESS CASE
OVDInfo, 25 March 2020
In the Lensk district court of the republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the prosecutor's office demanded a real time sentence for Igor Ivashin, who is accused of directing the activity of Jehovah's Witnesses.
The state prosecution requested for Ivashin seven years imprisonment to be served in a penal colony of general regime. The prosecutor also is asking to forbid Ivashin to occupy a leadership office in religious associations for a period of six years. This was reported on the website of the Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia. The announcement of the verdict is scheduled for 31 March.
On 20 November 2019, the court returned the case against Ivashin to the prosecutor's office, but an appellate court overturned this order, returning the case to the court of the first instance. (tr. by PDS, posted 29 March 2020)
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