Editor: Good work by the Turkish police, and the individual who made this known to them, thus preventing it from happening.
Two youthful perpetrators are in custody.
Ankara (kath.net/KAP) The police have thwarted an attempt to attack one of the most highly positioned Christian leaders in Istanbul, possibly against the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomaios I. As the Turkish press reported on Monday, there were two suspects apprehended of the age of 17 and 18 .
Both men, who were armed when they were apprehended, explained afterward their intention that they wanted to become famous. The media was expected to encourage parallel murders of other Christians in Turkey, which would in any case have been encouraged by the youth.
The police were alerted about the plot through an anonymous E-Mail. An acquaintance of the suspects alarmed the authorities that both young men wanted to murder an "important" Clergyman in the district of Fatih. In Fatih, the Armenian Patriarch has his seat as does the Ecumenical Patriarch, the spiritual center of Orthodox Christianity.
A number of newspapers recalled the Priest Andrea Santoro, the Armenian journalist Hrant Dink and three protestants in east Turkish Malatya, as well as a German missionary: they were murdered by men between the ages of 16 and 20.
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