Decision of the Court of Teramo No. 1405 of 16 December 2015

A worship minister of the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses – a non-Catholic religion with which Italy has entered no special agreement –  is nonetheless entitled to invoke the ‘secret’ provided for in Article 200 of the code of criminal procedure to escape the obligation to testify on facts of which he is aware on account of his ministry. This, because the provisions in Article 200 are aimed to guarantee respect for the constitutional freedom of religion.

  • Original language: Italiano