Melike Gül Demir
Kemal Korkut, 22, a Kurdish university student from the city of Malatya was killed during the Newroz celebrations in Diyarbakir, Turkey by the Turkish police. The incident outraged many in Turkey where many people in the social media called the government to investigate and find the the police officers that were responsible from the death of Korkut.
“He was murdered for wearing a t-shirt with the word ‘Kurdistan’ on it. He started running away when he was stripped of his clothes and beaten,” claimed the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) representative Lezgin Botan in a tweet.
“Phony Rabia advocates! You don’t happen to see the murder in your own country as much as you see the murder of the Egyptian Esma, the Palestian women and the young people who executed by Israil soldiers.” wrote the other HDP representative Huda Kaya in a tweet.
As the details regarding the death remains unclear, HDP spokesperson Osman Baydemir called it an “extrajudicial execution” at a press conference in Diyarbakir.
Turkey’s two opposition parties, People’s Republican Party (CHP) representative Sezgin Tanrikulu. The other representatives from HDP, Burcu Celik and Altan Tan also asked for the answers from Prime Minister Binali Yildirim to explain why the police officer killed Korkut.
The government officials haven’t responded yet as of today.
On Friday, The Diyarbakir Bar Association filed a criminal complaint against the police officer who killed Korkut, seeking murder charge and demanding his arrest.
The Diyarbakir Governor’s Office said in a statement that two police oficers taken into custody to suspect of killing Korkut, 4 days later, on Saturday,
According to the statement by the Diyarbakir Governor’s, one of the police officers was released after testifying to a prosecutor, while the other police officer was released on probation by the court. It was stated that two police officers were dismissed from their duties, in connection with the death of Kurkut.
However, following the investigation, broadcast ban has been imposed on the matter by the Diyarbakır Chief Prosecutor’s Office.