|Italy||MEXICAN PRIEST BOUND AND MURDERED IN ROME|
A defrocked Mexican Catholic priest, disciplined eight years ago for unspecified improper behaviour, was found brutally murdered in an apparent sex crime on Tuesday, police in Rome said.
Police said Juan Granados, 53, was found naked in his apartment, his hands tied behind his back with electrical wire and his legs bound with a towel. He died due to severe blows to his head, police added.
Granados had been suspended from his duties by the cardinal of Rome, Archbishop Camillo Ruini, in 1992 for unspecified improper behaviour and ordered to return to Mexico, church sources said.
When he refused to leave Rome, he was suspended from his priestly functions. Despite the suspension, Granados set up a self-styled church in his apartment in a working class neighbourhood of Rome, where he said mass on Sundays for some neighbours.
Police said Granados had been dead for at least two days before he was found and was last seen alive on Sunday. Italian media said a woman had told police she had been married to the priest.