In 2007, three Christian males were tied up, tortured, and murdered in a Turkish publishing house. Five men were finally found guilty this week and sentenced to three consecutive life sentences each. In addition to the men convicted of murder, two military officers received 14-year prison sentences each for “violating secret communications” which helped the murderers locate the Christians. Despite the convictions, the murderers were allowed to walk free because they have served five years of detention. They will remain free as their case moves through the appeal process.
09/28/2016 Saudi Arabia (Christianity Today) – The torture and killing of three Christians in Turkey in 2007 has seen five men sentenced to prison after being found guilty of premeditated murder.
Tilmann Geske, a 45-year-old German missionary, Uğur Yüksel, 32, and Necati Aydın, 36 – the latter both Turks who had converted from Islam to Christianity – were bound together, tortured and then had their throats slit in the office of the Zirve Publishing House in Malatya, southeastern Turkey, on Easter Sunday in 2007.
The defendants were found and arrested at the publishing house – which printed Bibles – immediately after the crime. A number of other people were arrested later in connection with the incident.
In total, 21 defendants stood trial on Wednesday in the 115th hearing of the case. The five men found guilty of premeditated murder – Emre Günaydın, Cuma Özdemir, Hamit Çeker, Salih Gürler and Abuzer Yıldırım – received three consecutive life sentences each.
Two military officers were sentenced to 14 years in prison for “violating secret communications and forging official documents” and 16 people were acquitted.