5 Indian Christians released after more than a decade in prison for murder they didn't commit

by Daniel Payne · Dec 2nd, 2019 4:10 pm

Last Updated Dec 2nd, 2019 at 5:04 pm

Five Christians in the country of India were released from prison at the end of last month after the Supreme Court of India found that they had nothing to do with the murder of a Hindu leader. They had spent 11 years behind bars.

The 2008 murder took place in the Kandhamal District in the east-central part of India. The five Christians had been convicted of killing Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, a revered and respected Hindu monk. The Swami had been killed by gunfire.

The case has not been fully dismissed and will be fought before the High Court in Odisha, the state in which Kandhamal resides.