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The wife of a German missionary who was killed in 2007 in Malatya, Turkey says that she is satisfied with the recent arrests and trial of her husband’s murderers.

4/18/2011 Turkey (Daily News) – The arrests of more people in connection with the murder of three missionaries in central Turkey in 2007 has created hope for the widow of one of the victims.

“Now the real forces behind these murders have started to come to the surface. We were very happy about last month’s arrests, because we knew there were some other forces behind these murders but didn’t have any evidence to prove it,” Susanne Geske told journalists Sunday ahead of a commemoration Monday to mark the fourth anniversary of her husband’s death.

“Now we have more patience. No matter how long it takes, I believe the real forces behind these murders will be revealed,” Geske said.

Three missionaries, a German and two Turks, were tied up and tortured before having their throats slit at the Zirve Publishing House, a Christian publisher, in Malatya on April 18, 2007. Authorities are continuing to investigate the matter, which is believed by many to be an act of the “deep state,” rather than a group of independent fanatics.

Seven suspects, including five active-duty Turkish officers and two civilians, were jailed March 20, as part of the probe into the murders. The officers were sent to the Hasdal Military Prison while the civilians were sent to Metris Prison.

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