For Immediate Release
July 2, 2001
(Georgian in PDF format)
Jehovah’s Witnesses file with European Court
STRASBOURG, FRANCE—After almost two years of inaction and lack of prosecution on the part of Georgia’s Prosecutor’s Office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Jehovah’s Witnesses filed an application with the European Court of Human Rights earlier today.
The application asks the Court to rule that the government of Georgia must prosecute perpetrators of the brutal October 17, 1999, attack on the Gldani Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Eyewitnesses reported that the attack was carried out by defrocked Orthodox priest Vasili Mkalavishvili and his followers.
More than 70 similar attacks have been carried out against Jehovah’s Witnesses since the Gldani mobbing, the most recent occurring on June 17, 2001.
Contact: J. R. Brown, telephone: (718) 560-5600