Extradition trial of Indian priest postponed, SNAP responds
An India court has postponed the extradition trial of a priest who abused a girl in Minnesota and then fled back to his native India. The trial is set for later this month.
The priest, Fr. Joseph Jeyapaul, abused a girl from the Diocese of Crookston who had approached him for advice on becoming a nun. He faces criminal charges in Minnesota, and SNAP is urging secular and church officials to do what they can to prevent further delays in this trial.
It is very rare that a victim of clergy abuse is able to see her abuser face criminal charges in a court of law, and so SNAP is hoping that all officials involved in this case, both in India and in America, will do everything in their power to see a quick resolution and justice served.
Read the story here: http://www.ucanindia.in/news/former-catholic-priest%E2%80%99s-extradition-case-adjourned/17734/daily
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.