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Five men given life for murder of German and Christians in Turkey

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 The five main defendants accused of murdering a German and two Turkish Christians in Turkey more than nine years ago have each been sentenced to three life terms media report said on Wednesday The court in the city of Malatya found the men guilty of the premeditated murder in April 2007 of 46 year old German Tilmann Geske and two Turks had converted to Christianity The victims had been tied to chairs and tortured in the Malatya offices of a small Bible publisher before their throats were cut Media reports said the attackers had accused the Christians of wanting to convert Muslims In addition at the time of the murders the accused were 19 or 20 years old A total of 21 suspects were charged in connection with the murders Also a Turkish army colonel was sentenced to 13 years and nine months imprisonment and a major was jailed for 14 years and 10 months for their involvement However the remaining 14 defendants were acquitted Christians form a small minority in the majority Muslim population of Turkey Edited by Oluleye Abiodun Julius Enehikhuere NAN
Five men given life for murder of German and Christians in Turkey

1 The five main defendants accused of murdering a German and two Turkish Christians in Turkey more than nine years ago have each been sentenced to three life terms, media report said on Wednesday.

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2 The court in the city of Malatya found the men guilty of the premeditated murder in April 2007 of 46-year-old German Tilmann Geske and two Turks had converted to Christianity.

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3 The victims had been tied to chairs and tortured in the Malatya offices of a small Bible publisher before their throats were cut.

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4 Media reports said the attackers had accused the Christians of wanting to convert Muslims.

5 In addition, at the time of the murders, the accused were 19 or 20 years-old.

6 A total of 21 suspects were charged in connection with the murders.

7 Also a Turkish army colonel was sentenced to 13 years and nine months’ imprisonment and a major was jailed for 14 years and 10 months for their involvement.

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However the remaining 14 defendants were acquitted.

Christians form a small minority in the majority Muslim population of Turkey.


(Edited by: Oluleye Abiodun/Julius Enehikhuere)
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