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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-05-10

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Turkish male arrested over allegations of planning to assassinate Ecumenical Patriarch

  • [01] Turkish male arrested over allegations of planning to assassinate Ecumenical Patriarch

    ANKARA (ANA/MPA - A. Abatzis) - A man was arrested and two are being sought for allegedly planning to assassinate Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on May 29, the 560th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople to Ottoman Turks, according to Turkish television channel NTV on Friday.

    According to NTV, A. Serdar was arrested following a letter sent to the prosecutor of the central Turkish city of Kayseri, which turned the case over to the the prosecutor's office in Turkey's capital Ankara. The letter quoted by NTV said that three people traveled to Istanbul to prepare the attempt.

    The arrestee, A. Serdar, denied the charges, saying he was visiting his relatives.

    Turkish police notified the prosecutors that they had another letter on file since 2008 charging the same person with the attempted assassination of the head of the Greek Orthodox church; that letter had been sent to the Istanbul prosecutors at the time.

    Bartholomew, based in Istanbul, is the spiritual leader of the world's estimated 300 million Orthodox Christians; in March he became the first Ecumenical Patriarch to attend the installation of a new Pope since the Great Schism of 1054.


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