Catholic Priest Shot Dead in Trazbon

Country: Turkey

Date of incident: February 5, 2006

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Islamist / Private



In the northern city of Trabzon, a 61-year-old Catholic priest was shot dead while praying in his church. The 16-year-old perpetrator, who was arrested shortly after the shooting, shouted a religious slogan to justify his actions, and allegedly made a confession to the police that indicated the religious motivation behind the attack. The killing was strongly and publicly condemned by the government, including by the interior minister.

Source:
OSCE HATE CRIMES REPORT 2006
http://www.osce.org/odihr/26759