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Syriac Orthodox Priest Released Under Growing International Pressure

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  • Daniel Thomas
    Syriac Orthodox Priest Released Under Growing International Pressure ISTANBUL, April 5 (Compass) -- A state security court in eastern Turkey acquitted Syrian
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      Syriac Orthodox Priest Released Under Growing International Pressure
      ISTANBUL, April 5 (Compass) -- A state security court in eastern Turkey acquitted Syrian Orthodox priest Yusuf Akbulut today on charges 
      of "provoking religious enmity" by his comments recorded and published 
      last October in the Turkish media.
      The parish priest of St. Mary's Church in Diyarbakir, Fr. Akbulut had 
      been indicted for declaring to the Turkish press that his minority 
      Christian community had been among the victims of the alleged Armenian 
      genocide carried out by Turks in 1915.
      In today's third and final hearing on the case, the state prosecutor 
      declared that analysis of a video recording of the priest's comments 
      indicated that this case was "an issue of freedom of thought."
      [Source: http://www.f21.parsimony.net/forum37811/messages/6808.htm]
      "Father Yusuf's release represents a triumph of grassroots activism in 
      support of human rights," said the ANCA Executive Director. "Both here 
      in the United States and in Europe, we are witnessing a growing 
      impatience with Turkey's irresponsible conduct and, hopefully, an end 
      to the cycle of impunity which has allowed - and at times encouraged - 
      Turkey to violate human rights and international standards secure in 
      the knowledge that there would not be any meaningful response from the 
      international community."
      [Source: Armenian National Committee of America http://www.anca.org  ]

      Thomas Daniel ( Reji ).






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