Assyrian Christian Priest in Turkey Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Father Aho (Photo: CSW)

A priest in Turkey has received a two-year prison sentence for supposedly providing food and water to a terrorist organisation.

Assyrian Christian priest Father Sefer Bileçen, known as Father Aho, is the caretaker of the 1,500-year-old Mor Yakub Monastery in Mardin province, southeast Turkey.

He was arrested with two others in January in the Assyrian town of Üçköy (Arkash in Syriac language) after being accused of providing food and water to members of the People’s Defence Forces (HPG).

HPG is the military wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and has been designated a ‘terrorist organisation’ in Turkey.

But Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) fears that there are ulterior motives behind the priest’s imprisonment as the Turkish government continues to propogate the view that being Turkish means to be a Sunni Muslim.

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SOURCE: Christian Today

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