Missionaries cleared of anti-Islam incitement

November 9, 2006 19:24


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A Kenyan court on Thursday found four missionaries, including two Americans, innocent of incitement charges for distributing allegedly anti-Muslim literature in a Nairobi slum. US citizens Andrew Saucier, from Philadelphia and Paul Garcia, from Illinois, were charged along with Kenyans Michael Otanga and Patrick Ngei. The four were accused of handing out a pamphlet that questioned the legitimacy of Islam and using words that would injure the feelings of Muslims. Principal Magistrate Hellen Wasilwa said the prosecution did not provide enough evidence. "The missionaries came to preach and teach children the word of God. Out of the 4,000 pamphlets distributed, only 300 were claimed to be offending," she said.

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