» 04/18/2007, 00.00
Four killed, three with their throats cut, at Bible publishing house
Zirve, a publishing house in Malatya, is attacked. It had received threats for some time. Ultra-nationalist groups are suspected.
Mastermind behind the slaughter of Christians in Malatya arrested
Dozens of people are arrested in a large-scale operation carried out in nine provinces. They are suspected of links with Ergenekon, a clandestine organisation trying to destabilise the country. Colonel Mehmet Ülger, who was the Malatya Provincial Gendarmerie Brigade commander in 2007, is among the arrested.
The court had no jurisdiction to deny the patriarchate its ecumenical status, says Bartholomew
A group of Turkish extremists try to prevent non-Turkish members of the sacred Synod from entering the Phanar. The patriarch talks about the difficult situation Christians face in the country. He remembers the murder of Father Santoro, journalist Hrant and three Protestant men in Malatya. He remembers his predecessor, Athenagoras, and the latter’s meeting with Pope Paul VI.
A new suspect in the murder of 3 Christians in Malatya
It is believed the head of an ultra nationalist organisation masterminded the execution. Five risk life in prison, two others only one year.
Turkish singer hires the assassins of Santoro and Dink
The song, preformed by a popular Turkish folk singer, inspired an even more explicit video : at the line “Stop ringing the bells” the face of the murdered priest appears, while the dead body of Dink appears while singer says the verse "if a person betrays the country, he is finished off."
Nuncio to Ankara: "The assassination of Hrant Dink, an affront to Turkey"
After assassination of the journalist of Armenian origin in Istanbul, spontaneous demonstrations on the streets of many cities demand “truth and freedom”. Suspicion falls on groups of nationalist fanatics, who roam the country; but still nothing official.
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