FEBRUARY 19, 2021
On January 18, 2021, a Turkmen court announced its verdict in the case involving Brother Azamatjan Narkuliyev. He was sentenced to two years in a strict-regime prison colony for conscientious objection. This is the second time he has been imprisoned for his neutral stand.
Biography: Baptized in 2018. Has developed a good reputation for his humility, modesty, and zeal. His mother and two sisters are also Jehovah’s Witnesses
Azamatjan, age 20, finished his first prison term of one year for conscientious objection on January 7, 2020. Because conscientious objectors in Turkmenistan can be prosecuted twice, only five months later, he was summoned again by military officials. His written refusal to serve either in the armed forces or with troops that do not carry weapons was rejected this time as well.
On December 20, 2020, the local prosecutor opened a criminal case against him. The authorities also seized his passport.
We pray for Azamatjan and his family, knowing that their determination to remain loyal will be richly rewarded. The Bible assures us that “with someone loyal [Jehovah will] act in loyalty.”—Psalm 18:25.