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Turkish court acquits 4 policemen in slaying Kurdish boy and father

Turkish court acquits 4 policemen in slaying Kurdish boy and father

A court acquitted four Turkish policemen Wednesday of charges related to the 2005 killing of a Kurdish boy and his father, the state-run news agency reported.
The court did not immediately release its reasoning for the acquittal.
The security forces had said they were pursuing Kurdish rebels, and shot 12-year-old Ugur Kaymaz and his father, Ahmet, in an exchange of gunfire, Anatolia news agency said.
The victims' family denied having any links with rebels, and said the boy and his father had been unarmed when they were killed outside their home in Kiziltepe, a town in the predominantly Kurdish southeastern province of Mardin, Anatolia said.
The verdict was likely to draw criticism from human rights groups, which had regarded the trial as a test of whether Turkey was able to hold police more accountable for their actions. Turkey is a candidate to join the European Union, which has demanded it improve its human rights record.
The trial was held in Eskisehir, 1,220 kilometers (750 miles) west of Mardin, after a court there ruled that holding a trial in the Kaymazs' home region could be dangerous, due to strong emotions after the shooting.
Summary executions were common in the early 1990s in Turkey, at the height of battles between security forces and Kurdish rebels.


Updated : 2021-10-26 22:01 GMT+08:00