By Vercihan Ziflioğlu
Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew said he is protected by “God first and then the state” in regards to allegations that he was the target of an assassination plot.
Bartholomew responded to the claims listed in an investigation launched by an Ankara prosecutor claiming that the Istanbul-based patriarch would be the target of an assassination attempt on May 29, the 560th anniversary of Istanbul’s conquest by Mehmed the Conqueror.
“I have no worries,” Bartholomew wrote to the Hürriyet Daily News in a written statement. “I am protected by God first, and then the state.”