Just a quick update with some better news about Sanal Edamaruku, the Indian skeptic who faces jail time for exposing a “miracle.”
After being repeatedly asked to turn himself in to the nearest police station, Sanal has decided to whisk himself off to Finland and he is currently staying in Helsinki while he appeals the decision not to grant him “anticipatory bail” (which would keep him in jail until his trial). This means the threat of arrest and imprisonment has gone for now. Sanal has made he it clear that is he more than happy to be arrested and have his day in court because it allows him to put various Catholic leaders on the witness stand under oath. Who wouldn’t want that?
Prior to moving to Finland, his lawyers had been receiving daily phone calls from the police asking him to turn himself in, forcing him to go into hiding in India. While he is coordinating his defense from abroad, his lawyers have filed three cases. One is an appeal against the decision not to award anticipatory bail, the second is to have the case thrown out, and a third is a request to the Indian Supreme Court to remove article 295(a) from the Constitution on the grounds of it being against free speech.
In the meantime Sanal is away from his family, but hopefully not for much longer as a decision on the anticipatory bail appeal is expected this week — at which point he can return home to be arrested, safe in the knowledge he will not face jail time before any potential trial.
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