Missionaries Ask for Probe of Priest´s Death in Kenya

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LONDON, MAY 22, 2001 (Zenit.org).- The General Council of the Mill Hill Missionaries has joined Kenya´s bishops in asking for a special investigation into last August´s death of U.S.-born Father John Anthony Kaiser.



In the statement Monday, the council said, "We share the concern of the Episcopal Conference of Kenya around the FBI report into the mysterious death of our fellow Mill Hill Missionary, John Anthony Kaiser."

It continued: "In view of the statement on Page 53 of the report that ´this analysis is not a substitute for a thorough, well planned investigation, and should not be considered all inclusive,´ we join with the Bishops in requesting the Attorney General of Kenya to set up an inquest which will be empowered to conduct a proper legal investigation into John Anthony Kaiser’s death, according to the Laws of Kenya."

In late April, Kenya´s bishops called for an inquest into the death of 67-year-old Father Kaiser, saying the FBI´s theory of a suicide has too many flaws.

Bishop Peter Kairo of Nakuru said he was one of the first people on the scene to find the body of Father Kaiser, in Naivashas, about 70 kilometers (43 miles) west of Nairobi. He said the priest had been shot in the head, and his pickup truck was 33 feet away in a ditch.

The Minnesota-born priest had been a longtime vocal critic of the government.