Maximos Fifth Hakim, the Patriarch of the Greek Catholic Church, on Wednesday (August 21), denounced the arrested Israel of Archbishop Hilarion Capucci.
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Background: Maximos Fifth Hakim, the Patriarch of the Greek Catholic Church, on Wednesday (August 21), denounced the arrested Israel of Archbishop Hilarion Capucci. In a statement made after meetings of the Holy Synod of the Church, in Aley, Lebanon, the Patriarch claimed such arrests "were unprecedented even under ???oman rule".
Archbishop Capucci, the head of the Greek Catholic Church in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria was arrested on August 18 on suspicion of smuggling arms and explosives for Al Fatah, a Palestinian liberation movement. Israeli police allege a quantity of sub-machineguns, pistols, grenades and explosives were found in hidden compartments in the Archbishop's car. They claim that the weapons and explosives were smuggled into Israel from Lebanon.
The Holy Synod decided to send two bishops to Jerusalem to investigate the case.
SYNOPSIS: The Holy Synod of the Greek Catholic Church met Tuesday and again Wednesday in a church in Aley, in Lebanon, to discuss the arrest in Jerusalem of Archbishop Hilarion Capucci.
The church leaders met after the Archbishop was arrested for suspicion of smuggling arms and explosives from Lebanon to Israel.
Patriarch Maximos Fifth Hakim, who presided over the sessions, denounced the arrests saying such incidents were unprecedented even under Ottoman rule. He expressed the hope that people throughout the world would demand the release of the Archbishop. Israeli police claim they found sub-machineguns, pistols, grenades and explosives in the Archbishop's car.
Immediately after his arrest on Monday, Archbishop Capucci appeared in court and was remanded in oustody for fifteen days. The Holy Synod decided to send two bishops to jerusalem to investigate the charges. It wa alleged by Israeli police that the Archbishop was smuggling arms for the Palestinian liberation movement, Al Fatah.