Shlomo to all of you,
We thought it was appropriate to update you all in relation to the
St Gabriel Monastery dispute in Tur Abdin, Turkey.
I have just spoken with Syriac Universal Alliance (SUA) President
Johny Messo who is currently in Tur Abdin, Turkey. As many of you
are aware, he has made a special trip over to our Syriac Aramean
homeland in order to campaign to protect our position, particularly
in relation to St Gabriel Monastery.
Johny has just updated me with the most current news on the trials
in Midyat. This relates to the initial appeals trial held on Monday
12 January 2009 and the current appeals trial which was held today
on 16 January 2009.
In a strategic move by our lawyers, we have successfully postponed
both trials to February 11, 2009. This move was initiated by our
legal team in order to consolidate all three trials into one (the
other trial of 31 December 2009 was also postponed to 11 February,
Therefore, we have all three trials now taking place on this new
date, which is a significant victory for our team. As you are all
aware, the three trials are as follows:
1. The first court appeals proceeding was initiated by the Monastery
regarding its boundaries with the villages of Yayvantepe and Eglence.
2. The second court appeals proceeding was also initiated by the
Monastery against the Forestry in order to restore its property
which is within the outer wall of the Monastery; and
3. The third trial relates to the Turkish prosecutor, who had begun
a Court proceeding against the Monastery and its people making a
number of fallacious claims about our practices in the Monastery.
We at the SUA are continuing with the pressure against the Turkish
government to drop the cases and return the Monastery Boundary lines
to those which have always held true. Our defence team are gathering
and providing more documents to the court and will continue to need
all of our help in this fight against injustice and discrimination.
We again thank our President Johny Messo, who has met with several
Parliamentary Leaders, Ambassadors, EU Politicians and Religious
Leaders over the past few weeks. He is continuing the pressure
against this injustice.
The SUA will continue with this fight and we ask for your support
moving forward. We will provide a further update next week on this
issue and we are looking at further strategic ways we can stop the
human rights and property rights abuses being exercised against our
Syriac Aramean people. We will attend the 11 February trial and will
work towards defending our posiion in the coming weeks.
God bless you all and thanks for your support!!
BTW, if anyone wants a copy of the SUA report into the St Gabriel
Monastery Dispute then please send me a separate message with your
email and I will try to send it to you.
SUA President Johny Messo
SUA Human Rights and NGO Director Daniel Gabriel