protesters picketed in front of Court of Queen's Bench on Tuesday to support
Inside the court, a
hearing by the society,
Lawyers will be back in
court today to set a new date for the hearing.
"I believe the
evidence I have will prove there was a conspiracy that brought about the
death of my daughter," Hughes said outside court.
Bethany Hughes, 17, died
Sept. 5, 2002, less than six months after she underwent a series of blood
transfusions against her wishes after Alberta Children's Services took
custody of her when she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.
Hughes also accused the
Watch Tower Society of protecting pedophiles in its fellowship; forcing its
members to work in "slavery," without being paid, then turned onto
the streets when old; and giving out bad medical advice to its members.
In particular, Hughes,
once a Jehovah's Witness who split from the religion and his family over the
medical beliefs, cited the group refusing vaccinations, organ transplants and
blood transfusions for members, that has resulted in the deaths of tens of
thousands of adults and children in the past 100 years.
But after a similar
protest last week at the society's Canadian headquarters for Jehovah's
director of public relations for the organization, said they had not yet been
served with the lawsuit filed in August.
He told reporters that
Hughes "can say whatever he wants," but there was no truth to the
"We're not that
kind of people," he added, calling the claims "outrageous."
Hughes said he now has
his daughter's medical records to prove his case.
"I believe the
Watch Tower Society was afraid because Bethany's health was improving and she
may be forced to be given blood transfusions, so that's why they hid her away
for the last two months," said the father.
"It makes me sick
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