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Indian bishops welcome conviction in murders of missionary, sons


The conviction of the murderers of an Australian missionary and his two sons in India is a sign that "a sense of justice and fairness is still prevalent in the country", according to a spokesman for the Indian Catholic bishops.

Fr Babu Joseph SVD said the court has done justice in a case that attracted international attention. He said the long-awaited verdict would send "a signal" that the law and justice will prevail.

On Monday an Indian court convicted 13 people in the 1999 murder of Australian missionary Graham Stuart Staines and his two sons. Staines and his sons, Philip, 9, and Timothy, 7, were burned to death in their vehicle after being attacked by a group of suspected Hindu militants.

Judge Mahendranath Patnaik found Ravindra Kumar Pal and 12 others guilty of the crime. One man was acquitted for lack of evidence. Sentencing was scheduled for Monday next week. Those convicted face the death penalty, life imprisonment or several lesser sentences.

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LINKS
Christian body welcomes Staines' verdict (Press Trust of India)
Orissa: AOUCF expresses confidence in judiciary (The Hindu)
Orissa: Staines case verdict lauded (The Hindu)
13 convicted of killing Staines (Gulf Daily News)
Indian high court denies a "right" to religious conversion (Catholic World News)
Jesuits in India say Hindu zealots behind sex-abuse charges (7/8/03)
17 Men Charged in Murder of India Missionary (Christianity Today)
Christian outfit to confront attacks launched (22/10/00)
What have the communalists learnt from Staines' murder? (Dominic Emmanuel, Spokesman, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India, New Delhi - The Hindu)
Catholic Bishops Conference of India


17 Sep 2003