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Finally: Killers of Malatya Martyrs Sentenced to Life in Turkish Prison

But Turkish Christians are still 'infuriated.' Here's why.
Finally: Killers of Malatya Martyrs Sentenced to Life in Turkish Prison
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Susanne Geske, widow of martyr Tilmann Geske, after a memorial ceremony for another martyr, Uğur Yüksel, in 2014.

After a nine-year legal saga, a Turkish criminal court today sentenced five men to life in prison for the torture and murder of three Christians in southeast Turkey in 2007.

The Malatya First Heavy Penal Court found Salih Gurler, Cuma Ozdemir, Abuzer Yildirim, Hamit Ceker, and Emre Gunaydin guilty on three counts each of premeditated murder, and sentenced them all to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Despite the conviction and sentencing, however, all five walked out of court free men while their case awaits higher legal review, infuriating Turkish Christians.

Gokhan Talas, close friend of the three slain Christians and witness at the murder scene, said he was “okay” with the decision, but was angry that the convicted men walked away free while the sentence is reviewed by higher courts.

“They need to be in jail right now,” Talas said. “This process is unjust. There’s no justice for Christians in this country. This is the proof of that. They ...

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