Ex-Jehovah’s Witness speaks of his court case against the organisation
My name is Jacques Lejeune. I was a Jehovah’s Witness for 17 years, from 1985 to 2002.
I am an auditor and tax adviser and I was excluded from the cult because I defended one of my customers who was also a Jehovah’s Witness against the leaders of the cult. I had become a nuisance and they preferred to silence me.
However, the reason for my exclusion is not that important because any society has the right to exclude one of its members. What I disputed and continue to dispute before the courts, is the discrimination of which I am a victim.
My former co-religionists cannot any more say a simple hello to me without fearing of being themselves excluded. Moreover, my wife is always a Jehovah’s Witness and this situation created tensions in the family.
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I thus asked my lawyer before the Supreme Court of appeal, the Supreme Court of Belgium, to consider breaking the judgement to be able to condemn Jehovah’s Witnesses because of their discriminatory instructions. My victory could thus be total. I now wait for news from the lawyer at the Supreme Court of Appeal in a few weeks time.
The judgement of the Liège Court of Appeal and its English translation were at the disposal of the participants.