2019-02-06 18:32:00

Lawyers appeal sentence of Dane convicted for organizing Jehovah's Witnesses community in Oryol

Oryol, February 6, Interfax - The sentence of Danish citizen Dennis Christensen, whom an Oryol court found guilty of creating a division of the Jehovah's Witnesses (banned in Russia), will be appealed, according to a statement on the Jehovah's Witnesses website.

"The defense lawyers find this sentence unjust and they are working on an appeal. In the meantime, Dennis Christensen will be in Detention Facility No. 1 for the Oryol region, where he has already spent 622 days," the statement said.

"We deeply regret the conviction of Dennis Christensen," said Yaroslav Sivulsky, a representative of the European Association of Jehovah's Witnesses. "An innocent man who did not commit any real crime was convicted. It is sad that reading the Bible, preaching, and living a moral way of life is again a criminal offense in Russia," he said.

Oryol's Zheleznodorozhny Court sentenced Christensen on Wednesday.