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February 6, 2006

Vatican: Turkish Mafia may have murdered priest who aided prostitutes

Vatican rep: Prostitution mafia may be involved in priest's murder
February 6, 2006

The Vatican's Istanbul representative, Monsignor Georges Marovic, has stated that the murder yesterday of Andrea Sentore, a Roman Catholic priest in Trabzon, could be connected to the prostitution mafia in Trabzon. Speaking about the incident, Monsignor Marovic said "Our priest in Trabzon was working to help save the women who had come to Turkey from very poor ex-Soviet countries like Moldavia, who had fallen into the trap of prostitution. He was working in this area. Which is why the prostitution mafia may have killed him."

News of the priest's murder was broadcast first in the Italian press, which refrained from saying whether the incident was connected to the Danish caricatures. Justice Minister Cemil Cicek said that Priest Sentore's murder was something which "was damned with hatred," commenting "It is impossible for us to view this is a legitimate act, no matter what goal the murderers had in mind." Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu said that the incident was being investigated from every possible aspect.
Interestingly, the (English-translated) article currently posted no longer mentions anything about Sentore's involvement with helping prostitutes, instead, it raises this seemingly irrelevant possibility:
It is thought at this point that Santore's death may be related to the growing unrest over the Danish caricatures that has swept through Europe and the Middle East.
Hmm...quite a departure from the original presumed motive.

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