Legal Hurdles over H.B. Baselios Thomas I’s Trip to Damascus Cleared

Baselios Thomas I gets bail

KOCHI (INDIA), 25th March 2014: Legal hurdles have been cleared for His Beatitude Baselios Thomas I’s trip to Damascus to attend the funeral services of Ignatius Zakka I, the patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, who passed away last week.

The trip had been put in trouble after the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court, Kolenchery, rejected the application to release the passport of the prelate, against whom there the court had earlier issued an arrest warrant. The passport of Baselios Thomas I, Catholicos of the Antiochian Jacobite Syrian Christian Church, was surrendered following the arrest warrant issued against him by the court on petitions alleging fund misappropriation.

“The passport has been released on Monday following an application. He will leave for Damascus as early as possible,” said Jacobite Syrian Christian Church authorities.

Patriarch Zakka I died in Germany on Friday and the funeral is scheduled to be held in Damascus on Friday.

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