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Abhaya case trial set to begin next week

The High Court had directed the CBI court to start the trial.

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A trial court based in Kerala on Aug. 5 began trial proceedings in the 27-year-old murder case of Sister Abhaya, in which a Catholic priest and a nun are prime accused.

The charge-sheet read out by special judge K. Sanalkumar said first accused Father Thomas Kottoor and third accused Sister Sephy killed Sister Abhaya on the night of March 27, 1992.

Sister Abhaya saw the priest and nun in a compromising position, following which she was hacked with an axe and thrown into a well, said the charge sheet read out before the accused.

The trial will begin on August 14, reported the New Indian Express.

The accused are charged with murder and destroying evidence and criminal acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention.

The court also said the accused had tried to fabricate the case as a suicide.

The High Court had earlier dismissed the discharge petitions filed by both the accused, citing there was prima facie evidence against them.

The High court had discharged second accused Father Jose Poothrikkayil after the prosecution failed to present sufficient material to proceed against him.

The initial investigations by the local police and then by the state Crime Branch concluded the death as a case of suicide.

The CBI took over the case on March 29, 1993, following a legal battle by some rights activists and in 2008 arrested Fathers Kottoor, Poothrikkayil and Sisiter Sephy on the charge of murder.

They were released on bail by the High Court a year later.

Source: new Indian express

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