Turkey Releases Men Accused of Torturing, Slitting Throats of 3 Christians

A law passed earlier this month seeking to reform Turkey’s criminal justice system has allowed five men accused of killing three Christians to be placed under house arrest.

Emre Günayd?n, Cuma Özdemir, Hamit Çeker, Salih Gürler and Abuzer Yildirim are suspected of torturing and slitting the throats of Necati Aydin, Ugur Yuksel and Tilmann Geske in Malatya, a city in the eastern part of the country, in 2007. The men were previously placed in prison as they awaited trial, for what are believed to be religiously motivated attacks, as court records have indicated that suspects claimed they were “defending their country and religion, Islam.”