Danish police want to interrogate a Dutch nun suspected of manslaughter and abuse at a Danish convent in 1993.
Dutch daily De Telegraaf reports that the Roman Catholic woman, Mother Theresa Brenninkmeijer, is accused of having tied a demented elderly nun to a chair. Another nun was sent outside thinly dressed into the freezing cold for disturbing mass, only to be found dead in the convent garden half an hour later. Mother Theresa was head of the convent in Sostrup at the time, and has since moved on to similar positions in the Cistercian Order in Germany and the Czech Republic.
Witnesses of the acts of aggression were ordered by Mother Theresa Brenninkmeijer to lie to police and say that the nun had died in bed. Danish bishop Czeslav Kozon was told about the events at the convent by one nun, but he refused to go to the police and only reported to the Vatican, which swept the report under the carpet.
Mother Theresa is assumed to have moved to Peru, where she is again in charge of a convent. Despite the lapse of time since the alleged cruelties Danish police say the nature of the accusations is such that it merits reopening the case.
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