Prosecutor asks Pope's Help in Returning PriestA Minnesota prosecutor is asking Pope Benedict XVI to help get an Indian priest back to the U.S. to face sexual assault charges.
By: Associated Press, WDAZ
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota prosecutor is asking Pope
Benedict XVI to help get an Indian priest back to the U.S. to face
sexual assault charges.
Roseau County Attorney Lisa Hanson mailed Benedict a letter
Tuesday raising the case of the Rev. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul
(JAY'-uh-paul). Her office is pursuing his extradition on charges
he assaulted a 14-year-old female parishioner while serving at a
Catholic church in Minnesota in 2004.
Jeyapaul returned to India before charges were filed in early
2007 and continues to serve in the Diocese of Ootacamund. He denies
The Vatican's U.S. attorney calls the appeal for papal
Jeffrey Lena says the case is a civil matter concerning an
extradition treaty between the U.S. and India.