New Living Translation
"If you are called to testify about something you have seen or that you know about, it is sinful to refuse to testify, and you will be punished for your sin.
Maybe the NWT translates it vastly different?
They know quite well that other countries are as well checking them in this regard !!
Netherlands has been the first :)
joe134cd - "...Loss of tax exemption would certainly be on the table..."
I strongly suspect that the WTS's lawyers (within the Org and without) have advised the leadship that the very distinct possibility is on the horizon.
A lot of their actions are definitely the kind of cost-saving, circle-the-wagons-type decisions that would be made in anticipation of something like that, IMO.