The 12th hearing of the case
of the three Protestants who were killed in Malatya for allegedly doing
missionary work will be held at Malatya’s 3rd High Criminal Court on October 16.
On April 18, 2007, the
Zirve Publishing building was raided and three Protestants Necati Aydın, Uğur Yüksel, German citizen Tilman Ekkehart Geske
were brutally murdered.
Emre Günaydın, Salih Gürler, Cuma Özdemir, Hamit Çeker ve Abuzer Yıldırım,
who have been in the Malatya E Type Prison for the past 18 months, are accused
of the murder.
The court will hear Aral,
if it can find him
The court would like to
hear the testimony of Varol Bülent Aral, whom Emre Günaydın had described as a
brother working at a local newspaper. Aral’s name had also appeared in threatening and harassing Orhan Kemal Cengiz, a joint lawyer in this case.
Aral will answer court’s
and lawyer’s questions, if it can be brought to the court.
Günaydın describes Aral as
a person who saw a connection between the missionary work and the Kurdish
Workers Party (PKK). In his statement that appeared in daily Star, Günaydın
says, “We together went to some house in those days. This was a house of
single men. We were alone. I saw a piece of paper on the table by the entrance
that was titled PKK’s European Council Report. I said, brother, what is this?
He told me that it was the report the PKK had presented to the European
Council. Once again he told me that Christianity and the missionary work done
in its name had the goal of destroying then the motherland. I asked him if
someone should not stop this? He told me to then get up and stop this. I asked
him how it could be done. He said they would provide us with the state
Moreover, the court is
waiting to see the Ergenekon indictment as decided in the previous hearing
of August 21. The court had also decided to have Ebubekir Öktem brought to the court
by force and hear Yıldız Özdemir as a witness.
Işıklı: Emre sent a
message to me saying “I will be under interrogation”
Turna Işıklı said that she
had sent Günaydın a message on April 18, 2007 to meet him a day before the
murders and his reply was, “I will be under interrogation on that day.”
Another witness the court
heard was Mahmut Budaş. Budaş said that he had talked only
with Cumali Özdemir before the murders. He remembers Özdemir telling him “There
are 49 church houses in Malatya.
We will conduct a work/activity about them.” When he asked him who the people
were in this work, his answer was Emre Günaydın.
Cumali Özdemir was also
heard saying, to Mehmet Uludağ, one of the witnesses in the case, that “There
are two more people with me. It will be big. These people may die, if they are
in betrayal, but if they are not then they may stay alive. I will tell you
everything, if I survive. (EÖ/EÜ/TB)