Turkish court jails Italian priest's attacker to four years

A court in Izmir in western Turkey passed the sentence against Ramazan Bay for stabbing Adriano Franchini

Turkish court jails Italian priest's attacker to four years

A Turkish court sentenced a man to four years in prison on Monday for stabbing an Italian Catholic priest in 2007 in a case that has highlighted attacks against Christians in Muslim but secular Turkey.

A court in the coastal city of Izmir in western Turkey passed the sentence against Ramazan Bay for stabbing Adriano Franchini, Anatolian news agency reported. Franchini survived the attack.

Bay told the court he had been influenced by media reports of other attacks against Christians, including the shooting death of Andrea Santoro, another Italian Catholic priest, in the Turkish Black Sea city of Trabzon in 2006.

Christians in Turkey number barely 100,000 in a total population of nearly 75 million.

Reuters
Last Mod: 30 Aralık 2008, 11:43
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