Relatives of Necati Aydın
and Uğur Yüksel who were killed at Malatya
last year for supposedly doing missionary work filed a lawsuit against the Prime
Ministry, the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Education.
Necati Aydın’s wife Şemse
Aydın and her children Elişe Güneş Aydın and Ester Bahar Aydın, Uğur Yüksel’s
mother Hadice Yüksel and his father İbrahim Yüksel demand 650 thousand YTL
(about 325 thousand Euro) from these three institutions in damages.
“The Ministry of Education,
the National Intelligence Agency and the General Staff are all responsible”
The plaintiffs applied to
the Ankara Administrative Court
through their lawyers Orhan Kemal Cengiz and Mehmet Ali Koç. Although the
application did not accuse the Ministry of Education directly, it held it
responsible for negligence in the curriculum of the primary and secondary
The accusation against the
Ministry of Education emphasized that the students are thought only the Sunni
Islam in the mandatory religion courses, nearly all the moral examples come
from religion and there is nearly no information about plurality, democratic
society, equality among people, tolerance, freedom of religion and belief diversity.
The application also accused
the National Intelligence Agency (MİT) for not being able to prevent the
massacre, to infiltrate reports about the activities of the missionary
groups and different belief groups to the media and public. It also accused the
General Staff for portraying these different belief groups as internal threat,
danger and enemy.
“Ministry of Interior
gathered information, but did not protect”
The application accused the
Ministry of Interior for not protecting the protestants despite keeping them under
“Although they are
obligated to protect both the freedom of religion and belief and the right to
life, they violated the freedom of religion by keeping the protestants under
constant surveillance, apprehending them and publishing reports and comments
The application also pointed
out to the fact that contrary to the practice in the democratic countries, the
crimes against different beliefs are not considered as hate crimes in Turkey,
they do not receive the needed sentences.
The murder case will
continue on October 10
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 and Abuzer Yıldırım are in prison in connection
with the murders. Two other suspects, not in prison, are on trial as well. The
next hearing will be in Malatya’s
3rd High Criminal Court on October 10. (EÖ/TB)