Baptist missionary's siblings don't want man executed in Yemen killings

Posted: Friday, April 25, 2003

MILWAUKEE (AP) The siblings of an American missionary slain in Yemen Dec. 30 don't want the accused killer executed, though the prosecutor is seeking the death penalty.

We're not going to lie awake at night waiting for vengeance and waiting for his death,'' Jerome Gariety Jr. said of himself and his two surviving sisters in a Sunday interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

I certainly don't want to see his death, but I do want him incarcerated for the rest of his life so he can't injure anyone else.''

Gariety commented after a court appearance in Yemen by Abed Abdul Razak Kamel, who is charged with killing Kathleen Gariety and colleagues William Koehn and Martha Myers at a Southern Baptist missionary hospital in Jibla, Yemen.

Kamel testified Sunday that he killed the three out of religious duty'' and for revenge against those who converted Muslims from their religion and made them unbelievers.''

According to one widely accepted Muslim tradition, the Prophet Muhammad decreed death, not for missionaries as such but for any Muslim who converts to another religion.

Jerome Gariety said the Baptist medical workers were out there helping people. They weren't there to push their faith on them.''

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