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A court in Kerala pronounced a guilty verdict on Monday, the the 28 years old Sister Abhaya murder case. A special CBI Court in Thiruvananthapuram found Father Thomas Kottor and Sister Sephy, a priest and nun of the Catholic Church respectively, guilty of murder in the case.
Activist Jomon Puthanpurakkal, who led a campaign seeking justice for the nun, said there were many attempts to sabotage the case. "Many senior politicians and a senior judge had also intervened. They tried their best to weaken the case, " he said. Verghese P Thomas, who investigated the case, resigned alleging that he was pressurised by his seniors to conclude it was a suicide. Nine prosecutions witnesses in the case had turned hostile during the trial which started in August 2019.
The nun's parents, who fought for justice for their daughter, died during the legal battle.