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(Compass) – A key Christian layman and former government minister in Pakistan was found dead yesterday morning, four days after he had disappeared in Lahore. Authorities found the body of Derick Cyprian, 57, with his hands and feet tied and rope marks around his neck. His keys and wallet were on his body. The Roman Catholic businessman had served as Pakistan ’s federal minister for minorities for 10 months in 1999-2000. Cyprian failed to return home on Saturday evening, August 6, after stopping by a branch of the Union Bank in Lahore . The branch bank manager reportedly confirmed to police that “a large amount of money was transferred from the deceased’s account a few hours before he was kidnapped.” National Commission for Justice and Peace executive director Peter Jacob told Compass, “On the face of it, it seems like it was an ordinary crime, such as is rampant in Pakistan . But we cannot rule out other options.” The murdered man’s brother, Noel Cyprian, agreed, saying the former banker may have drawn opposition as a Christian who had held a high government post.