February 6, 2019 / 10:47 AM / 13 days ago

Denmark calls on Russia to respect freedom of religion

Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen speaks during a news conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, October 30, 2018. Martin Sylvest/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark on Wednesday called on Russia to respect freedom of religion after a Russian court sentenced a Danish adherent of the Jehovah’s Witnesses to six years in jail.

Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen said in a statement he was “deeply concerned” by the sentencing and criticized Russia for categorizing Jehovah’s Witnesses as an extremist organization in line with terrorist groups.

Reporting by Andreas Mortensen; Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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