Five charged over Turkey’s Bible murders
A court yesterday formally arrested and jailed five suspects on charges of murder in the slayings of three Christians at a publishing house in eastern Turkey.
Six other people were released pending trial, the court said. It was unclear what charges they faced.
The three victims – one German and two Turkish men – were tied up and had their throats slit on Wednesday at a publishing house in the town of Malatya that was at the center of protests by some nationalists because it distributed Bibles.
No trial date has not been set yet.
A twelfth suspect, who tried to escape from police by jumping from a fourth floor balcony at the scene of the killings on Wednesday, remains hospitalized and is expected to be charged later. Hospital officials said he was in stable condition and was improving.
(see also what i read, and what i don’t… fri 20 april 2007 )