» 01/22/2013 TURKEY - VATICAN Mgr Padovese's murderer gets 15 years in prison by Geries Othman Murat Altun, now 29, says he is sorry for killing the bishops but "At that moment, I was not in control of myself." He could be released for good behaviour after six years.
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.