One of the suspects on trial for the murder of three Christian missionaries last year insisted that he was guaranteed “state support” if he carried out the murder. Three Christian missionaries were killed in the Zirve publishing house in April, 2007. Emre Gunaydin, one of the suspects who was caught at the scene of the crime, testified that a man named Varol Bulent Aral had assured him the government would support him if he carried out the murder.” He promised me state support. He should explain this to the court.”
The question as to whether the Turkish government played a role is still unclear. The man named Aral was concerned about Christian missionaries and their supposed connection to the outlawed Kurdistan Worker’s Party. There are indications that Aral might have been linked to the Ergenekon gang whose members include former members of the Turkish military.