Protestant Pastor Orhan Picaklar was informed earlier this month that what he called “ugly slanders” against his character and conduct have been officially dropped by the Turkish prosecutor investigating his case.
Picaklar was detained on 11 November 2013 and held for two days in the Black Sea coastal city of Samsun over alleged involvement in prostitution, sexual harassment and human trafficking.
Samsun Prosecutor Recep Bakirci declared in a ruling issued on 13 January that there was no sufficient evidence to open a case against the pastor, nor against nine other suspects listed on the official complaint. Picaklar only learned of the decision on 3 February, when he received a mailed copy of the official’s four-page ruling.
All of the allegations from the accuser, a 19-year-old Iranian woman deported from Samsun before Picaklar’s arrest, were ‘abstract, unbelievable claims’, the prosecutor concluded.
‘I was truly put to shame,’ the pastor said. ‘I hadn’t done anything, but this was a huge and ugly slander, and most people who read the press believed it.’
Source: World Watch Monitor
- Thank the Lord the truth has come to light and the charges have been dropped.
- Ask the Lord to strengthen the resolve of Pastor Picaklar, to continue to serve Him in spite of the injury to his reputation. Ask for his good name to be restored.
- Pray for the Iranian woman who made the false accusations.