Turkish youth gets 18 years for killing priest

October 10, 2006 10:31


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The Turkish state news agency reported Tuesday that a court sentenced a youth to 18 years in prison for killing a Catholic priest. The youth, who has only been identified by the court in the Black Sea city of Trabzon by his initials, O.A., was convicted of killing the Rev. Andrea Santoro, 60, on Feb. 5 while he prayed in his parish in Trabzon. Witnesses said the youth shouted "Allahu Akbar" - Arabic for "God is great" - before firing two bullets into Santoro's back, according to authorities.

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