Turkish Islamist Gets Reduced Sentence For Murdering Catholic Bishop

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Catholic Bishop Luigi Padovese was stabbed to death in June 2010 in southern Turkey.

His killer was just given a gift.
A Turkish Islamist was given a reduced sentence for murdering Bishop Luigi Padovese in Iskenderun. The court claims the bishop offered a gay affair with the killer – so they understand why he would kill him.
Today’s Zaman reported, via Frontpage:

A court reduced the sentence of a man who killed a Roman Catholic bishop in the Mediterranean port of İskenderun in southern Turkey in 2010 on the grounds that he was offered a homosexual affair by the bishop.

Altun was standing trial at the İskenderun 2nd High Criminal Court and facing a life sentence. Concluding the case on Tuesday, the court handed down a 15-year prison sentence to Altun instead of a life sentence because Altun claimed that the bishop had asked him to have an homosexual affair. Altun received a reduced sentence due to unjustifiable provocation.

The prosecutor said although there is no evidence showing that the bishop offered such a relationship, the suspect still has the right to benefit from unjustifiable provocation.

The court had in fact handed down a reduced sentence of 18 years to Altun but his sentence was reduced further to 15 years for good conduct during the trial.

Archbishop Luigi Padovese, the president of the Bishops’ Conference of Turkey, invited Christians to make a pilgrimage to Tarsus, the birthplace of St. Paul, as part of their celebrations for the Pauline year in 2008.

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  • madmom

    Oh come on…. he would have gotten the same reduced sentence if he claimed the Priest had offered him bacon!

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  • Gregor

    So if I murder an Islamic Cleric and claim that he offered me a homosexual affair … would I get the same sentence? Or would they behead me? What if I say that the Cleric had told me he wanted to marry my six-year-old daughter to be more like Mohammed? (Rhetorical question)

  • Fuquay Steve

    This sounds like the French Revolution! In fact, if you listen carefully, you can here the guillotines being sharpened. Ah, the Enlightenment lives and continues. What a world.

  • Exile1981

    Time to boycott turkey as a tourist destination. Their government used to be pretty good bu the current one is a nightmare, they purged military leaders loyal to the constitution and replaced them with ones loyal to the leader, they screwed allies and have made lots of edicts without going through the legal process….. kind of like dear leader the big 0.

  • Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157

    The “nuts and sluts defense” has a proven track record.

  • bg


    OT.. related:


    Iran’s “Hanging Judge”

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — “The trial and conviction of Pastor Abedini represent an outrageous miscarriage of justice and yet one more damning piece of evidence pointing to the rampant denial of religious freedom and the absence of any semblance of rule of law in Iran, ” said Katrina Lantos Swett, Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

    Iran’s “hanging judge” Judge Pir-Abassi on Sunday, January 27, sentenced Iranian-born American pastor Saeed Abedini to eight years in prison for “threatening the national security of Iran” because of his activity starting in 2000 in the Christian house church movement. Pastor Abedini has been in Iran since July to establish an orphanage.

    “The charges against Pastor Abedini were contrived, the process was irregular and deeply flawed, and the conviction flies in the face of both Iranian and international law,” said Lantos Swett. “Judge Pir-Abassi has been responsible for particularly severe violations of religious freedom. We call on the Iranian government to immediately release Pastor Abedini. In addition, we call on the U.S. and the international community to raise Pastor Abedini’s case in all international fora, including the U.N. Human Rights Council. We reiterate our call for the U.S. government to freeze the assets and deny entry into the U.S. of Judge Pir-Abassi, and other Iranian judges and government officials who have committed violations of religious freedom and related human rights, including the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, who would have had to approve the Pastor’s harsh sentence.”

    Pastor Abedini was convicted and sentenced four months after he was arrested in September. “Unfortunately, Pastor Abedini’s case exemplifies the Iranian government’s across the board assault on freedom of religion or belief,” said Lantos Swett. “Iran has intensified its persecution of Christians, including lawyers of these victims, such as Mohammed Ali Dadkhah, a prominent human rights defender who was sentenced to 10 years and who most recently defended Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani and some Baha’i prisoners. The Iranian government also has intensified its attacks against Baha’is, with an increased number of arrests and detentions, including young mothers and their small children.”

    The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has recommended that Iran be designated a “country of particular concern” or CPC for its systematic, ongoing and egregious violations of religious freedom. The State Department has designated Iran as a CPC since 1999.


  • JDR-Taq

    #3 Gregor

    Apt name in this Kafkaesque time.

    That comment should be appended to the main post.

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  • Lim Lynn

    Is it too lenient to Turkish Jihad Islamist militant after murdering another human being.