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Turkey: Plot to murder Patriarch Bartolomeu

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Turkey: Plot to murder Patriarch Bartolomeu


According to Turkish private broadcaster NTV, local authorities are questioning a suspect following an investigation by the Prosecutor of Ankara into a plot to kill the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. Two more people are still wanted in connection with the case.

The website of newspaper ‘Hurriyet’ announced that the investigation began after a letter, sent from the province of Kayseri in Central Anatoli, stated that the Ecumenical Patriarch was the target of an assassination. The attack was due to take place on May 29, at 560th anniversary of the conquest of Constantinople.

A correspondent from the Athens and Macedonian News Agency in Constantinople reported that prosecutors are considering a link between the planned muder and the action of paramilitary organisation ‘Ergenekon’.

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