Ni som läser min blogg hoppas jag kommer ihåg den hemska massakern av tre kristna män i den turkiska staden Malatya i april 2007. Dessa tre män knivmördades på ett bestialiskt sätt för att de var kristna och arbetade i ett boktryckeri där man tryckte bland annat kristen litteratur. Fem unga män anhölls för dessa mord och fortfarande har ingen dom avkunnats. Nu släpps dessa fria mot borgen före domen utfärdas i april. Änkorna och andra HR kämpar är rädda för att dessa män kommer att fly Turkiet. Man häpnar över vad som sker i Turkiet! Skall detta land verkligen bli en medlem av EU?
Five Turkish murder suspects on trial for torturing and killing three Christians in Malatya nearly seven years ago are expected to be set free on bail within the next few days, before the conclusion of their trial in southeast Turkey.
Under a new judicial package passed by the Turkish Parliament on Feb. 21, the detention limit for suspects on trial who have not yet been convicted was reduced from 10 to five years. Once the proposed laws are approved by the Turkish President and published in the Official Gazette— expected at the latest by March 7— the five Malatya suspects would be eligible for immediate release.
Susanne Geske, widow of the German victim Tilmann Geske, admitted that “the thought of meeting one of these men downtown, or at the mall” until the trial is concluded was something she and her children still living in Malatya would “have to get used to.”
Because the suspects face a life sentence for deadly assault, the likelihood that they will flee the country “is very high,” Umut Sahin announced in a written statement from the Association of Protestant Churches in Turkey. Although Sahin told World Watch Monitor that the lawyers representing the victims’ families have requested that the five suspects be fitted with electronic tracking devices when released, he said any formal conditions of their bail would be decided by the court.
When the Malatya case is set to reconvene April 10, the defense will be allowed a final statement. A subsequent hearing is expected to be scheduled for the verdicts to be announced.
Dubbed the “Malatya Massacre” by the Turkish press, the vicious murders of Turkish Christians Necati Aydin and Ugur Yuksel and German Christian Tilmann Geske in the Malatya offices of Zirve Christian Publishing on April 18, 2007 shocked the nation. The drawn-out trial against the suspected killers, who were arrested at the scene, began six months later.