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Orissa pogroms: Catholics in prayer ahead of final hearing for 7 innocent Christians
The seven Christians were accused without proof of murdering guru Laxamananda Saraswati. They have been held for seven years, even though Maoist rebels have always claimed the murder. A profile of the seven accused. New episodes of tension in Kandhamal district. In Barkhama, Christians stopped from celebrating Christmas.
Orissa court reopens Christian murder case dismissed by police
Michael Nayak was killed in Baliguda (Kandhamal) on 20 July of last year by a group of Hindu extremists. Police had dismissed the case as an ordinary accident. The president of the Global Council of Indian Christians calls on the authorities to investigate other cold cases involving Christian victims of extremists and the 2008 Orissa pogroms.
Orissa pogrom,54 extremists acquitted. Christian leader: latest farce to target victims
The defendants were accused of having set fire to a Baptist church and 14 houses, Christmas 2007. Despite the evidence against them, the Phulbani court acquitted them for "lack of evidence". The court is the same one that sentenced seven innocent Christians to life imprisonment. The president of the Global Council of Indian Christians ( GCIC ) is launching an appeal for justice.
Orissa: first conviction in anti-Christian riots case
Nine months after the first attacks in Kandhamal district, a court issues a first conviction for one of the people who instigated the violence. Father Chellan, who was among the victims of Hindu fanaticism, wants the authorities to provide witnesses with full protection because they are still under constant threat.
Orissa: 7 innocent Christians still in prison, victims of sham trials
Phulbani Fast Track Court judge closes his court and assigns the case to a sessions court. It may take another year to conclude trial. The seven are charged with the murder of a Hindu leader, who launched the anti-Christian pogroms of 2008. The Maoists have always claimed responsibility for the assassination.
Orissa pogroms: India's justice system is "criminal", Christian leader says
A court in Phulbani sentenced seven innocent Christians to life in prison, whilst acquitting yesterday five people up on arson charges. In both cases, there was no evidence against the defendants. For Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians, the Orissa pogroms are "sadly unique, for their violence and their total lack of justice."
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