Kenyan bishops still seek answers about 2000 death of US priest
Published: August 24, 2012
NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) -- Twelve years after U.S. Mill Hill Father John Kaiser was found murdered along a highway southwest of Nairobi, Kenyan church officials are still seeking answers. "We, as the bishops and the entire Catholic fraternity here, long for a day where justice will be done on the issue," said Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth of Kisumu, chairman of the Kenyan bishops' justice and peace commission. In an interview Aug. 23, Archbishop Okoth told Catholic News Service that he and Nairobi Cardinal John Njue had met with Kenya's attorney general, Githu Muigai, "who has assured us his willingness to reopen up the case" if "some freshness" can be found. Father Kaiser often spoke out against Kenyan government abuses. When his body was found Aug. 24, 2000, the first police officers on the scene thought he had been murdered, but in 2001, the FBI ruled his death a suicide, and the Kenyan government agreed. In 2007, after nearly four years, an inquest ruled that his death was not suicide, but murder. The presiding magistrate recommended new investigations.
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