JW Conscientious Objector Acquitted In Belarus

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    Conscientious Objector Acquitted In Belarus

    Dzmitry Smyk after his acquittal

    Dzmitry Smyk after his acquittal

    May 31, 2010 The central court in the Belarusian city of Homel has acquitted a Jehovah's Witness who had been charged with avoiding mandatory military service, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.

    Dzmitry Smyk said that his belief did not allow him to bear arms. Judge Alena Tsalkova ruled that "Smyk's actions do not constitute a crime."

    Smyk told RFE/RL after he left the courtroom a free man that he felt happy that justice had prevailed.

    The Homel prosecutor has 10 days in which to file a motion against the court's decision.

    Viktar Adzinochanka, who is a lecturer at Skaryna Religious University and a representative of the Christian Association in Belarus, told RFE/RL that the Belarusian authorities recently adopted a more realistic attitude toward Jehovah's Witnesses.

    In Belarus, every male between the age of 18 and 27 has to serve in the army for two years. source: http://www.rferl.org/content/Conscientious_Objector_Acquitted_In_Belarus/2058167.html

  • Black Sheep
    Black Sheep

    What would happen to him if he got thrown out next month for not swallowing the Generation change?

  • Aussie Oz
    Aussie Oz

    and wont they be celebrating his victory!

    it'll soon be all over facebook i'm sure


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