Incidents in Turkey: September - October 2003


October 2003
On 2 October 2003 Istanbul Penal Court No. 1 continued to hear the case of Ömer Karakus and Ziya Yücetepe, who on 31 August killed Sinan Kayis, member of the Freedom and Solidarity Party (ÖDP). The hearing was adjourned to 3 October for the decision.

After the beating of Mehmet Ali Kizilkaya, student at Agri Education Faculty, by the rightist students on 20 October 2003, the student Mehmet Dogan was wounded during the fighting between the rightist and leftist students on 21 October. The students Salih Kizilkaya and Burhan Bülbül were detained during the same incident.

Fuat Keles, student at Ankara Gazi University, announced that he was beaten by two rightist students on the grounds of "being bearded". He stated that his nose was broken and his right ear's membrane was torn.

The Umut (Hope) Case: Ankara SSC continued the retrial of 8 persons in the so-called "Umut" (Hope) case on 6 October. The defendants are charged with 22 actions, including the killing of journalist Ugur Mumcu, Dr. Bahriye Üçok, Prof. Muammer Aksoy and Prof. Ahmet Taner Kislali. At the hearing the defendants announced that they would benefit from the repentance law. The court adjourned the hearing 6 October to ask the Ministry of Interior whether the defendants have the right of benefiting from the law. The trial had ended at Ankara SSC on 7 January 2002. The court had sentenced Ferhan Özmen, Necdet Yüksel and Rüstü Aytufan to death according to Article 146/1 TPC for the "violent attempt to overthrow the constitutional order". The defendants Mehmet Ali Tekin, Abdülhamit Çelik, Muzaffer Dagdeviren, Fatih Aydin, Mehmet Sahin, Talip Özçelik, Hakki Selçuk Sanli, Mehmet Kassap, Mehmet Gürova, Adil Aydin and Murat Nazli were sentenced to 15.5 years' imprisonment according to Article 168/2 TPC. Under the same provision the defendant Yusuf Karakus was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment and Hasan Kiliç was sentenced to 18 years', 9 months' imprisonment according to Article 168/1 TPC. The defendants Musa Koca, Ismail Koçhan, Seref Dursun, Adnan Yükdag and Abdullah Argun Çetin were acquitted. In November 2002, the 9th Chamber of the Court of Cassation confirmed the sentences against Dervis Polat and Yüksel Pekdemir and the acquittal of Abdullah Argun Çetin as well as the sentences against Mehmet Gürova, Mehmet Kassap, Adil Aydin, Talip Özçelik, Hakki Selçuk Sanli and Murat Nazli, but quashed the verdicts against Mehmet Ali Tekin, Abdülhamit Çelik, Muzaffer Dagdeviren, Fatih Aydin, Mehmet Sahin and Hasan Kiliç on the grounds of insufficient investigation

(This information is from the monthly reports of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT))

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