Trial resumes in Turkey of suspects in Christian murder case

14th January 2008, Comments 0 comments

Security is tight in the trial over the murders of two Turks and one German.

Istanbul (dpa) - Seven people appeared in court in the south- eastern Turkish town of Malatya for the second time Monday to answer charges that they killed one German and two Turkish Christians, Turkish media reported.

Lawyers for the suspects had demanded more time ahead of the second day of the trial on Monday to prepare their defence, the reports said.

The trial was being held under tight security.

The accused are believed to have been motivated by nationalist and religious reasons.

German Tilmann Geske, 46, and two Turkish Christian converts were killed on April 18.

The victims were tied to chairs in the offices of a small Bible- publisher, tortured with knives and then had their throats cut.

The state prosecutor's office has demanded life sentences for the five main suspects.

The Turkish media have been reporting for weeks on numerous inconsistencies in the investigations by the authorities into the case.

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