Israeli police are continuing investigations into charges that the head of the Greek Catholic Church in Jerusalem, Archbishop Hilarion Capucci has been helping Palestinian guerrillas.
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Background: Israeli police are continuing investigations into charges that the head of the Greek Catholic Church in Jerusalem, Archbishop Hilarion Capucci has been helping Palestinian guerrillas.
The Archbishop was detained in custody for 15 days by the District Court in Jerusalem on Sunday (18 August). Police said he was caught 13 days ago at the Israeli-Lebanese border with weapons and explosives in the boot of his car.
A police spokesman said the 52-year-old Archbishop, who made frequent trips to Lebanon and Jordan and never underwent border examinations, had been accused of smuggling arms and explosives to guerrillas in occupied East Jerusalem.
His arrest was delayed because of political implications.
The Archbishop's superior, Bishop ???suf Raya, said he had been kept informed by the Israelis of the investigation and was "astouned by the Archbishop's actions". He said that the task of a religious leader "is to serve God and the Church and not to violate the laws of a country".
The Archbishop was born in Aloppo, Syria, and appointed to his present post in 1965. He was known for his outspoken anti-Israel views.
His diocese includes East Jerusalem and the ???seli towns of Jaffa, Ramleh and Lydda.
SYNOPSIS: According to Israeli police, a Catholic Archbishop's car has been used for gun-gunning activities to Palestinian guerrillas. The head of the Greek Catholic Church in Jerusalem has been detained in custody on charges of aiding the guerrillas.
Police said Archbishop Hilarion Capucci's car was searched at the Israeli-Lebanon border a fortnight ago. A small arsenal of weapons and explosives was found in the boot. The Israelis say a number of guerrilla actions in East Jerusalem were directly caused by weapons and explosive brought in by Archbishop Capucci who made frequent trips to Lebanon and Jordan. Normally he did not undergo border examinations. They said his arrest was delayed because of political implications. He has been detained for fifteen days pending further investigations.
The fifty-two year-old Archbishop lives in the Beth Haninah suburb of East Jerusalem. He was born in Aleppo, Syria and appointed to his present post in nineteen sixty-five. He was known for his anti-Israeli views and support of Arab nationalists.