Trial for Jibla Baptist Hospital murders opens with confession
In court Sunday, Yemeni Muslim Abed Abdulrazzak Kamel not only admitted killing three American missionaries December 30. He bragged about it. "I acted out of a religious duty … and in revenge from those who converted Muslims from their religion and made them unbelievers," he said. "I am comfortable [with what I did]."
"Residents have said the American victims never discussed religion," the Associated Press reported, though friends and family say they might have done so privately.
Kamel said he was also angry with "another corruption" at the hospital: women were getting sterilized. "This is a violation of Islam," he said.
But a spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board, which the three Americans worked under, told Baptist Press that all sterilizations at the hospital required the written permission of both spouses. It doesn't seem that Kamel, who apparently received treatment from the hospital with his wife, was at all motivated by his experiences there as they sought help with miscarriages. His treatment there simply familiarized him with his victims.
He said he had plotted the attack with Ali al-Jarallah, who is accused of killing a local politician two days before the hospital attack. "We agreed. (Al-Jarallah) would kill seculars, and I would target Christians," he said.
Al-Jarallah's trial also began Sunday. "I had no knowledge that I would stand trial until I arrived here," he told the judge when asked for his response to the murder charges against him. " I prefer to go to the execution square."
Back in the U.S., the brother of victim Kathleen Gariety told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he wanted justice, not vengeance. "We're ...1
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