Israeli cops arrest 3 in Santa stabbing

2012-01-31 19:54

Jerusalem - Israeli police say they have arrested three suspects in the murder of a prominent Christian leader over a church property dispute.

Gabriel Cadis, the head of Jaffa's Orthodox Church Association, was stabbed in the back during a procession to mark Orthodox Christmas earlier this month by men disguised as Santa Claus.

Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said on Tuesday that the three Arab Christians from Jaffa have confessed - one for ordering the hit and two for carrying it out.

Rosenfeld said Cadis was trying to regain control of a $2.7m building belonging to the Orthodox church that the suspects had entered illegally.

The three men will soon stand trial on murder charges.

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