Trabzon (Agenzia Fides) - The Turkish 26-year-old Oguzhan Ayudin, who was convicted in 2006 to 18 years and 10 months in prison for having killed Catholic Italian priest Andrea Santoro, was released a few days ago far ahead of the expiry of the prison sentence handed down to him.
According to information reported by the Turkish press, Aydin is one of tens of thousands of prisoners who was prematurely released despite the gravity of their crimes to make space in prisons in a post-coup purge on July 15.
Father Andrea Santoro was killed on February 5, 2006, while he was praying in the church of Trabzon where he carried out his pastoral service. The murderer, before killing him shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is great"). Four days later Aydin, at that time a minor, was arrested and confessed being the author of the murder. Right from the beginning, many observers expressed doubts and concerns about the hasty investigations with which "the case had been solved", with the arrest of a fifteen year old, who if convicted, because of his young age, would be sentenced to a lighter sentence than those provided in similar cases for adults. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 30/08/2016)