Ankara (AsiaNews) - Murat Altun, the young man who killed Mgr Luigi
Padovese on 3 June 2010, was sentenced to 15 years in prison. The verdict came
at 1 pm local time. According to Turkish legal experts, he has another 12 more
years in prison since he has already been in jail for three years. In case of
good behaviour, he might be released after six years and five months.
Murat Altun was 26 years old at the time of the murder. At the end of
the trial, he said that he "was sorry for killing Mgr Luigi, who was the
last person who could harm him. At that moment, I was not in control of
Since his arrest, Altun wavered in the explanations he gave for slitting
the prelate's throat, blaming successively mental illness, an Islamic ritual or
a morbid homosexual relationship.
As was the case in Fr
Andrea Santoro's 2006 murder in Trabzon, Altun's lawyers pleaded
insanity, presenting medical assessments indicating that their client was not
mentally competent to stand trial.
In June 2011, a medical commission in Istanbul determined that the
accused was mentally competent to stand trial. The latter however proved frustrating
as hearings were quickly and repeatedly postponed. On several occasions,
called on the Turkish government to shed light on the murder.