Supreme court has ban Jehovah’s Witnesses
The report also revealed that the 395 local chapters and group’s headquarters in Russia have been ordered to close down and operations.
It was reported that the court declared the religious organisation an extremist group after the Russian government had on March 16 filed a suit to outlaw the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
“The Supreme Court has ruled to sustain the claim of Russia’s ministry of justice and deem the ‘Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia’ organisation extremist, eliminate it and ban its activity in Russia,” said Yuri Ivanenko, a judge, in his ruling.
“The property of the Jehovah’s Witnesses organisation is to be confiscated to the state revenue.”
The report further stated that the Russia’s justice ministry attorney Svetlana Borisova was quoted as saying that the Jehovah’s Witnesses “pose a threat to the rights of the citizens, public order and public security”.
However, the religious group isn't going down without a fight.
According to the report, Sergei Cherepanov, a Jehovah’s Witnesses representative, was quoted as saying that the group will appeal the decision in the European court of human rights.
“We will do everything possible,” he said.
Jehovah’s Witnesses first registered as a religious group in Russia in 1991 and registered again in 1999.
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