As expected, the five men suspected of killing three Christians in Malatya, Turkey, nearly seven years ago have been released from jail as their trial continues.

The Malatya First High Criminal Court released the suspects March 8 in response to a new law, which took effect last week, that reduces the amount of time suspects awaiting trial can be held from 10 years to five. The Malatya murder suspects had been detained since the day of the killings in April 2007.

Radio Shema, a Christian broadcast ministry in Ankara, issued a statement March 11 saying the suspects are under house arrest and have been fitted with tracking beacons.

A verdict in the long-running trial is expected April 10.

Source: Today’s Zaman