Assassination attempt on Orthodox Christian Patriarch Bartholomew I prevented

by Sparta on March 23, 2011

in crime, Orthodox Christianity, Stella (Stavroula) Jatras, Turkey

By Sparta
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I

Assassination attempt on Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople prevented

March 9, 2011 – 17:12 AMT 13:12 GMTPanARMENIAN.Net – The Turkish police have prevented another assassination attempt on Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I, according to the Austrian catholic news agency.

The Turkish police have arrested two suspects aged 17-18. The assassination attempt was planned in the Fanar district, where the residence of the Patriarch is located.

According to representative of the department for foreign church relations at the Russian Orthodox Church Igor Yakimchuk, Turkey is a huge country and there are extremists.

Expert of Carnegie Moscow Center, professor Alexey Malashenko believes that, most likely, Islamists are engaged in the assassination attempt, who are much more radical compared to incumbent Prime Minister of Turkey Erdogan.

With respect to the assassination attempt, several Turkish papers referred to a Catholic priest, Armenian journalist Hrant Dink and three protestants, including a German missioner, who were killed by young people aged 16-20, reported.

Earlier assassination plot in 2008

This is not the first attempt on Patriarch Bartholomew’s life. The OrthodoxNews group on Yahoo! summarizes that event:

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew target of assassination plot

Oslo, Norway
11/3/2008 IN THE NEWS – A court case reveals 86 members, ranging from the Turkish police, army, business, politics, and the mass media, who are alleged in a plan to assassinate the Ecumenical Patriarch, along with the murder of two Turkish Christians. The case points to a secret, ultra-nationalist organization (Ergenekon) in the upper levels of Turkish government as a driving force in religious oppression. This is addressed in this originally published article, “Turkish nationalism, Ergenekon, and denial of religious freedom” (, by Forum 18’s, Dr. Otmar Oehring of the Human Rights Office at Missio, the Pontifical Mission Society.

Follow this link for more background information on the persecution of Christians in Turkey at that time.

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