Turkey: bishop's accused killer shouted Islamic phrase
Catholic World News - June 07, 2010
The man charged with killing Bishop Luigi Padovese reportedly shouted "Allah Akbar!" after repeating stabbing the prelate, and boasted of having killed "the great Satan."
Police and Church officials have said that the killing was not motivated by religious reasons. But reports from neighbors who heard the bishop's cries for help and the killer's shouts of triumph cast some doubt on those reassurances.
The accused murderer, Murat Altun, who had been Bishop Padovese's driver, has been described by police as emotionally unbalanced. But no evidence or history of emotional disturbance has been made public.
A lawyer for Altun has reportedly given another reason for the killing, saying that the bishop was a homosexual and the young man was warding off an advance.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($23,258 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!