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Turkish Police Investigate New Threats on Christian Media

ICC Note: Where is the remorse? Instead of apologies, Turkey ’s Christians are receiving death threats after the murder of three Christians last week.

4/21/07 Turkey ( – Police are investigating threats to a number of Christian media outlets in Ankara made just three days after the murder of three people at a Protestant publishing house in the eastern Turkey city of Malatya , it was reported Saturday. The private TV station NTV reported the threats were made to three printing press centres, a publishing house and a radio station. All five workplaces have been assigned police protection.

The latest threats come as police continue to investigate the murders of three Protestants, two Turks and a German national at a Christian publishing house in Malatya.

Newspaper reports on Saturday quoted police sources as saying the attack, where the three were bound by hand and foot before having their throats slit, had been three months in the making.

Police have so far been unable to interview the suspected leader of the attack as he is still in a critical condition in a local hospital suffering from injuries he sustained when jumping out of a window trying to escape arrest.

On Friday, Hurriyet newspaper quoted a spokesman from the Turgut Ozal Medical Centre that one of those killed in the attack, Ugur Yuksel, had been tortured for a number of hours before his throat was cut.

“There were so many stab wounds that we couldn’t count them,” Hurriyet quoted Dr. Murat Ugrus as saying. “It was clearly torture.”