Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: ASIA/INDIA – Campaign for the release of the Jesuit accused of sedition on the basis of manipulated evidence
New Delhi – “We will be relentless until Father Stan Swamy and all human rights defenders who are falsely imprisoned are released unconditionally. We are alongside those who dedicate their lives to the mission of creating an India and a more just, equitable, free, humane and fraternal world. We will do everything possible, with the power of the Holy Spirit, to carry out this mission”: this is what was said by Fr. Cedric Prakash, a Jesuit committed to the promotion of human rights and the social integration in India, reporting to Agenzia Fides of the campaign, carried out through demonstrations, but also on social media – with the motto “We Stand with Stan” – in support of the release of father Stan Swamy SJ. The 83-year-old Jesuit priest, known for his dedication alongside the indigenous peoples in the northwestern state of Jharkhand, was arrested on 8 October by the National Investigation Agency on heavy charges, totally rejected by the religious and by the Indian Catholic Church. According to NIA, he is a member of the Maoist armed party, guilty of sedition and terrorism. The Jesuit has been transferred to pre-trial detention in Mumbai and will remain there until the 23 October. His defenders claim that he was “put in front of constructed and manipulated evidence”.