|İsmet Rençber is charged |
with attempting to assassinate
Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomew.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Patriarch murder plot merged with Ergenekon case in Turkey
The court ruled in favor of Altay’s argument, meaning the next hearing of Rençber’s case will be held at the 13th High Criminal Court. He is facing a prison sentence of between 7.5 and 15 years on charges of “being a member of armed organization.”
The indictment includes an anonymous notice sent to the Istanbul Governor’s Office that describes alleged plans for the assassination of six rabbis and says Rençber has been chosen for the assassination of the Istanbul patriarch.
Ergenekon suspect Gürbüz Çapan has been accused of organizing the attempt on Bartholomew’s life.
According to the indictment, released following an investigation, police discovered that Rençber had made some phone calls to find the numbers of various rabbis, who he then called and asked for a job. The calls evoked suspicion among the rabbis and synagogue officials filed a complaint against Rençber, according to police reports.
Police arrested Rençber, who is from the eastern city of Kars, upon his arrival in Istanbul on June 23, 2010.