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The following is a summary of a news report on the killers of the 3 Christian martyrs in Turkey last April. Please note the last sentence. The full news article is found here.

MALATYA, Turkey, January 23 (Compass Direct News) – The first of five young Turkish Muslims on trial for torturing and killing three Christians in eastern Turkey took the witness stand last week, vigorously denying that the group had planned to kill the evangelicals. In chilling testimony of the final hours of Necati Aydin, Ugur Yuksel and Tilmann Geske, accused killer Hamit Ceker stated before Malatya’s Third Criminal Court on Monday (January 14) that during the savage attack on Zirve Publishing Company’s office on April 18, he saw leading suspect Emre Gunaydin slit the throats of two of the Christians. Although Ceker testified that they had brought along guns, a lengthy section of rope, and that each of them carried a newly purchased knife, a pair of plastic gloves and an Islamic jawshan (protective prayer inscription), he insisted the purpose of the operation was to seize incriminating evidence against the Christians, not to kill them. He said he saw Gunaydin kill Geske and Aydin but was unaware of how Yuksel died. “I didn’t see how Ugur was killed,” Ceker said. “I just heard him cry out, ‘Jesus!'”

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