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Jehovah Witnesses charged in Singapore

United Press International. March 30, 1998.

TWO members of the Jehovah's Witnesses sect have been charged in Singapore court for possessing and distributing banned religious publications.

Prosecutors accused Singaporeans 41-year-old David Quak and 24-year- old Lee Sor Hong of possessing dozens of books and pamphlets, including titles such as, ``Why is Life so full of Problems?'' and, ``Will all people ever love one another?''

``I did no wrong,'' Quak, an unemployed gardener and tutor, told United Press International before the hearing. ``I just teach people the Bible, and for this I'm arrested.''

Quak and Lee both pleaded not guilty to the charges, and Lee also pleaded not guilty to a separate charge of distributing a pamphlet. If convicted, both face up to two years in prison and a $1,200 fine.

Singapore has imposed tough restrictions on the Jehovah's Witnesses because the group is opposed to military service, which is mandatory in the Lion City. Believers are not allowed to hold meetings or possess or distribute literature. Members who refuse to perform military service are sentenced to jail.

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