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Judges order €4 million Jehovah’s Witnesses award

Judges have ruled that France should repay €4,590,295 to a Jehovah’s Witnesses group for taxes unduly paid on gifts it received over a three year period.

The European Court of Human Rights made known its decision earlier today in the complaint Association Les Témoins de Jehovah v. France (application no. 8916/05)

By a judgment of 30 June 2011, the Court held that there had been a violation of Article 9 (freedom of thought, conscience and religion) concerning the taxation of hand-to-hand gifts received by the association between 1993 and 1996.

Today’s judgment concerned the question of just satisfaction (Article 41). The Court held that France is to reimburse the applicant association 4,590,295 euros (EUR) for the taxes unduly paid and EUR 55,000 for costs and expenses.

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