Turkish court jails 5 men for life over murder of Christians

In the 115th hearing in the trial, the court in the city of Malatya found the men guilty of premeditated murder when they cut the throats of the employees of a Bible publishing house on Easter Sunday in 2007, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Two military officers were also sentenced to around 14 years in prison for “violating secret communications and forging official documents”, while 16 defendants were acquitted, Anadolu said. No further details were provided.

The victims were employees of a Protestant publishing house in the eastern city of Malatya. Necati Aydin and Ugur Yuksel were Turkish converts from Islam, while Tilmann Geske was a German national.