Their statements mentioned that Günaydın had visited the place many times before and had been introduced to the three victims as someone interested in Christianity.
The four suspects -- Hamit Çeker, Salih Güler, Abuzer Yıldırım and Cuma Özdemir -- who were immediately caught after the murders, are being interrogated at the Malatya police department by the directorate of anti-terrorism. The chief suspect, Günaydın, who jumped from the third floor when he saw the police were coming and was seriously injured, is currently being treated in the hospital. Based on the statements of the suspects in custody, the police have concluded for the time being that Günaydın is the key figure in the plot. All the suspects stated that Günaydın himself killed the three victims. The police are waiting for the prime suspect to recover to shed more light on the case.
“The leader of the group was Emre. It was he who devised the plan to kill them. We went to the publishing house together. When we entered the place, we tied them to their chairs and Emre slit their throats,” one of the suspects said in his confession.
Another said that Günaydın had been regularly visiting the publishing house and was tacitly known by victims Tilman Ekkehard Geske, Necati Aydın and Uğur Yüksel. It was also revealed during the brief interrogation that the chief culprit had introduced himself to the victims as someone who was thinking of converting to Christianity.
“We all knew each other,” another reportedly noted.
When the suspects were caught at the crime scene, the police found a knife on each. The fingerprints of the suspects and those on the weapons matched.
The police also found that the German victim Tilman Ekkehard Geske was staying in Turkey with a residence permit, valid until 2008. According to Interior Ministry records, Geske had been resident in Turkey since 1999. He started to work in Adana in 2000 in the Turkish office of J. Freeman International. Geske worked for that company until 2003. After moving to Malatya, he started working as a consultant for Silkroad Consulting, and he had a work permit until 2005. After this date, he was unable to obtain a new work permit but stayed on with his residence permit. Tilman Ekkehard Geske would have had to return to Germany at the end of this year as his residence permit was expiring.