Christensen's time served to be determined


RIA Novosti, 6 February 2019

The court in Orel that Sentenced the Danish subject Dennis Christensen to six years in a penal colony for leading a congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses ordered to credit the incarceration time already spent in the SIZO, an official representative of the prosecutor's office of Orel oblast, Tatiana Tsukanova, told RIA Novosti.


On Wednesday, a court in Orel ordered for Christensen six years in a penal colony of general regime because he continued to direct the Orel congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses after it had been ruled to be extremist and was prohibited in 2016 and to court ordered its liquidation.


"In his decision, the judge ordered to credit the time in custody," the news agency's source said.


According to official information, Christensen was arrested in May 2017. According to Russian legislation, one day in detention in a SIZO is reckoned as a day and a half serving a sentence in a correctional labor colony of general regime.


"We cannot right now predict how much his term in the colony will be shortened, because in the calculations many nuances are taken into account. . . . The term will be determined by the corrections service," Tsukanova explained. (tr. by PDS, posted 6 February 2019)

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