Re-opened Christian murder case described as test for Turkey - Christian Today Australia

General es 01/01/08

The decision to reopen a murder case which involved the killing of three Christian workers in Turkey by the Turkish Interior Ministry is describe as a test case by a Christian persecution-monitoring ministry.

By: Christian Today Australia
Posted: Wednesday, 2 January 2008, 1:04 (EST)

The decision to reopen a murder case which involved the killing of three Christian workers in Turkey by the Turkish Interior Ministry is describe as a test case by a Christian persecution-monitoring ministry.

Glenn Penner, a spokesperson from the Voice of the Martyr Canada, said the re-opening of the case, where the Ministry is currently conducting a judicial investigation into the state prosecutors mishandling of the murder trial, would determine whether Christians living in the Muslim-majority country would feel as a full-fledge citizen or not.

"If the killers are allowed to simply get away with lesser charges, or it's seen that these murders were somehow justified on the basis that these Christians were involved in missionary activity, then Turkish Christians are certainly going to feel that they're not equal members of society, and that their religious activities are going to continue to be under threat," Mr. Penner told the Mission Network News (MNN).

This case illustrated, Mr. Penner continued, whether the Turkish government was serious about defending the rights of Christians living in the country which has the aspiration of joining the European Union.

John Candelin, the executive director of the Religious Liberty Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), had sent a letter to the Turkish Prime Minister, which called on him to come out publicly to state the missionary activities carried out by Christians were good.

Furthermore, the WEA was also helping the families of the three Christian martyrs killed by the Muslim fanatic by helping to fund the children’ education.