The family of Rayappan Anthony has finally been returned to his family for a Christian burial. See Andrew's Bodysnatchers update: case closed.
Rayappan converted to Islam in 1990 but was said to have converted back to Christianity in 1999, and subsequently confirmed his profession of the Christian faith by way of a statutory declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths. After his death last Wednesday (due to complications from diabetes) the Muslim authorities claimed his body and the family were not able to arrange for a Christian burial.
Apparently the Prime Minister directed that the issue should be settled amicably. The considerable international attention given to this case has also made the Malaysian authorities uncomfortable as it has called into question the Malaysia's reputation for religious harmony. I would be happy if this blog was of some help in its own small way.
Please remember Rappayan Anthony and his family in your prayers.