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Bulgaria: Krassimir Nikolov Savov: prisoner of conscience

, Index number: EUR 15/001/1999

Amnesty International is calling for the immediate and unconditional release of prisoner of conscience Krassimir Nikolov Savov, a conscientious objector who was sentenced to one years' imprisonment on 13 April 1998. This conviction was subsequently confirmed by both Appellate and Supreme Courts and on 10 December he was imprisoned in Plovdiv prison. Krassimir Nikolov Savov is a Jehovah's Witness and his religious convictions forbid him to carry arms and perform military service. Amnesty International is further calling on the authorities to adopt legislation concerning alternative service which would comply with international standards on conscientious objection.

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