Turkish man accused of plot to kill rabbis freed

News agency says Ismet Recber, who faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty, released pending outcome of trial following first hearing.

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ANKARA, Turkey  — A Turkish news agency on Wednesday said a court has released a man who prosecutors accuse of plotting to murder rabbis and the Istanbul-based leader of the world's Orthodox Christians.

The Anatolia agency said suspect Ismet Recber was freed pending the outcome of the trial following the first hearing.

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Recber, a carpenter, faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty of plotting to kill Patriarch Bartholomew I. He denies the accusations.

Anatolia said the man was arrested after an anonymous letter was sent to authorities claiming that a suspect in a separate trial had chosen Recber to carry out the killings.

The separate trial involves an alleged secularist plot to bring down the Islam-oriented government.

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