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Man Confesses to Killing Australian Missionary

From Times Wire Reports

A security guard accused in the 1999 killing of an Australian missionary and his two sons in eastern India testified that he was responsible and that 11 other defendants are not guilty.

Graham Staines, 58, and his sons were burned alive in their jeep in Manoharpur, 145 miles north of the city of Bhubaneshwar. The killings were part of a series of attacks on missionaries and Christian institutions attributed at the time to activists who claimed that poor Hindus were being coerced to convert.

Mahendra Hembram, 23, said he stood by the confession he gave a lower court last year.


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