Turkey: Hopes of justice for assassinated human rights lawyer as three law enforcement officials go on trial

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Turkey: Hopes of justice for assassinated human rights lawyer as three police officers go on trial

T.urkey:: Hopes for justice for the murdered Human rights Lawyer than three police officers go to court

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The trial of three police officers accused of killing pRoman human rights Lawyer Tahir Elçi represents a long overdue opportunity for justice Amnesty International said today. On November 28, 2015, Tahir Elçi was shot in the head shortly after giving one statement at a press conference in the city of Diyarbakırwhere the first trial of three of The defendant starts today.

A 2019 report by Forensic architecture completed, through a process of Elimination, this Tahir Elçi was most likely killed by one in three police Officers present at the scenee. This Officers Face charges of "Causing death through culpable negligence"wwho carry a prison sentence of two to six years.

Almost five years after the bullet that killed Tahir Elçi was shot, there is hope that the person who pulled the trigger will finally be brought to justice. Tahir Elçi worked to bring justice to victims of human rights abuses and worked to end violence and respect the rights of the Kurdish people.

Milena Buyum, Amnesty International Turkey activist

"It is a bitter irony, the Tahir Elçis Life was interrupted by the violence he advocated. Justice for Tahir Elçi would be a glimmer of hope in a country where impunity is unfortunately endemic. "

In the weeks before Tahir Elçis brutal killing, he was slandered and detained and a sham prosecution was opened against him. He also received several death threats which he spoke openly about but the authorities did not take any action to protect him.

This intimidation campaign followed comments he made during a television broadcast in which he explained that the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) was not a terrorist organization, but an armed political movement with popular support. Straight In front his murder Tahir Elçi had told the press:: ""W.e I don't want any weapons, clashes or (police) operations here. "

Turkan Elçi, Tahir Elçis Widow said "A gash opened in the consciousness of society when a lawyer who believed in the fight against war and violence was shot down in full view of everyone. Even though law enforcement has been delayed by five years, we have remain to hopefull that justice is done. We do not have given on our belief in the law. ”

BACKGROUND

The first hearing in the trial against three police officers and one suspected PKK militant begins on October 21 in Diyarbakir Heavy Criminal Court No. 10.

Amnesty International Turkey will be present to watch the start of the long– –expected trial, along with dozens of human rights lawyers, activists, and others.

in the In 2015, Diyarbakır's legendary four-legged minaret was damaged in armed clashes between the Turkish security forces and members of the armed PKK. Two days, Tahir Elçi spoke at a local press conference and called for an end to the violence. At the end of the press conference, police officers present at the scene shot two alleged members of the armed PKK, who ran down the street where Tahir Elçi stood next to the monument.

The investigation into his murder was faulty: The area wasn't secured immediately, and a thorough crime scene investigation was not conducted for almost four months. The police officers present at the time were only questioned as witnesses.

At the time of his assassination Tahir Elçi was the president of the Diyarbakır Bar Association, whI commissioned UK– –based research organization Investigate forensic architecture the case. Forensic architecture Report and the Accompanying videos are available Here and were submitted to the Law enforcement agencies in 2019, as part of the indictment passed in March 2020. It was after the authorities checked this proof that the Three police officers who fired shots that day were questioned as suspects. you are now charged in the indictment.

Tahir Elçi represented families of victims of human rights abuses at the the hands of Turkish Security guards – – including enforced disappearances and suspected unlawful killings by government agents. For many years he played a key role in representing the victims of these crimes before national courts and the European Court of Human Rights. helped to establish Dozens of human rights organizations in Turkey, and worked closely with international human rights groups, including Amnesty International.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact at the court: – Tarık Beyhan, Amnesty International Turkey – Director of Campaigns and Communications, +90 533 921 10 11 [email protected] OR [email protected] [email protected] +32 (0) 483 680 812