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  • Thomas Daniel
    500 people attend funeral of Father Eskander Iraq: 500 people attend funeral of beheaded priest Father Eskander s decapitated body was found on Wednesday in
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      500 people attend funeral of Father Eskander

      Iraq: 500 people attend funeral of beheaded priest Father Eskander's
      decapitated body was found on Wednesday in Mosul's Muharaibin
      neighbourhood -- his arms showed signs of torture

      Friday, October 13, 2006

      Some 500 people attended yesterday the funeral of Fr Paulos Eskandar
      at Mosul's Syrian-Orthodox St Ephrem Church. Father Eskandar, who
      was abducted on Monday, was founded beheaded some time later.

      The clergyman's relatives confirmed that his captors had demanded the
      payment of a US$ 350,000 ransom and that his church apologise for the
      Pope's Regensburg remarks about Islam.

      In condemning the murder, Mgr Shlemon Warduni, auxiliary Chaldean
      bishop of Baghdad, confirmed "negotiations were underway but that
      the amount of money was too high and could not be raised. For this
      reason they decapitated him".

      Father Eskander's decapitated body was found on Wednesday in Mosul's
      Muharaibin neighbourhood. His arms showed signs of torture.

      Iraq's highest Sunni religious authority, the Ulema Council, called
      the priest's death "a cowardly murder". In a press release, they
      said that the Orthodox priest was well known for "his nationalist
      views and opposition to the occupation".

      "The Ulema Council," the statement said, "condemns this cowardly
      killing and will not forget those who are behind this crime,
      committed by people who want to deprive the country of every
      religious and national symbol that can hold Iraq together by trying
      to start a religious war between sons of the same nation".

      Source: http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?idarticle=6068

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      Thomas Daniel (Reji)
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