ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish news agency says a court has released a man whom prosecutors accuse of plotting to murder Jewish rabbis and the Istanbul–based leader of the world's Orthodox Christians.
The Anatolia agency says suspect Ismet Recber was freed pending the outcome of the trial following the first hearing Wednesday.
Recber, a carpenter, faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty of plotting to kill Patriarch Bartholomew I. He denies the accusations.
Anatolia says the man was arrested after an anonymous letter was sent to authorities claiming that a suspect in a separate trial had chosen Recber to carry out the killings.
The separate trial involves an alleged secularist plot to bring down the Islam–oriented government.