Italian Court Sides with the Jehovah’s Witnesses regarding Disfellowshipping and “Ostracism”

Court of Teramo. Source: Italian Ministry of Justice.

A local Jehovah’s Witness entered into a conflict with the organization, presumably for doctrinal reasons, as the decision referred to 2 John 1:7, 9, and 10. He rejected the help that elders offered and, after deciding not to appear before an ecclesiastical judicial committee, he was eventually disfellowshipped.

He raised two claims against the Italian body of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The first was that in the procedure leading to its disfellowshipment his right to the defense, which is also guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights, was violated.

Read the full story through the reporting of Massimo Introvigne at

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