Friday, August 19, 2005

Priest charged over bishop death Six men, including a Catholic priest, have pleaded not guilty to charges of murdering an Italian bishop in Kenya.
Bishop Luigi Locati was shot dead in July in the town of Isiolo.
He had spent most of his working life in Kenya and thousands of people - including Kenyan leader Mwai Kibaki and Vatican envoys - attended his funeral.
After initially linking his death to an ethnic feud, police now allege Bishop Locati was killed in a struggle for control of church funds.
Reverend Guyo Waqo Male appeared in court in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, along with five other men to face charges of killing the 77-year-old bishop.
The AFP news agency says they could face the death penalty if convicted - though Kenya has not executed anyone since 1987.
Bishop Locati's death coincided with a massacre in northern Kenya, attributed to an ethnic feud, and police initially suspected the two crimes could be linked.
Isiolo has the same ethnic mix as the northern Kenyan region where 76 people - 22 of them children - were killed in July.
Story from BBC NEWS: 2005/08/19 15:32:28 GMT© BBC MMV


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