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Turkish youth convicted of stabbing priest

Turkish youth convicted of stabbing priest

A Turkish court has convicted a youth of stabbing a Catholic priest last year and sentenced him to 4 1/2 years in prison.
The court in the Aegean port city of Izmir on Monday found 19-year-old Ramazan Bay guilty of stabbing and wounding Adriano Franchini in December 2007.
The attack on the Italian priest was one of a string of hate attacks against Christians in Turkey in 2006 and 2007.
Christians make up less than 1 percent of Turkey's population of around 70 million.
In 2006, a 16-year-old boy fatally shot a Catholic priest as he prayed in his church, following the publication in European newspapers of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.


Updated : 2021-06-19 09:21 GMT+08:00