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'No repeat' of Church arrest: archbishop
Police must show restraint after Pentecost Sunday incident, he saysArchbishop Jun Ikenaga, right, submits letter to NPSC chairman Jin Matsubara during a meeting on Monday
- ucanews.com correspondent, Tokyo
- July 4, 2012
In a meeting with the NPSC chairman Jin Matsubara on Monday, Archbishop Jun Ikenaga of Osaka, submitted a letter requesting an explanation on how police are ordered to act in relation to freedom of religion throughout Japan.
The meeting follows an incident on Pentecost Sunday, May 27, in which police officers entered the Kaizuka Catholic Church without notice or warrant and arrested a Filipino layman for not carrying a passport. Archbishop Ikenaga described the police actions as an â€śunthinkable incident.â€ť
His letter to the NPSC called for the police not to interfere in Church activities, illegally enter Church grounds and to refrain from conducting investigations against those visiting churches or near church grounds.
Matsubara did not say whether he would give a written response.
â€śI think the action violated common sense,â€ť he said. â€śWe will ensure that there is no repeat of such an incident.â€ť
Diocese protests church arrest