17 Şubat 2018 Cumartesi
One Letter of the Law Saves Killer, For Now
türkçe links to original Turkish article
(HaberTürk Newspaper, 17 February 2018)
A Mustafa by any other name...
In Pendik, Istanbul, high school student Helin Palandöken (17)
was murdered as she left school and the first hearing in the case
resulted in a scandal that postponed the hearing.
Palandöken posted on social media that "I have a secret platonic
admirer. I'm afraid to leave my house." and on 13 October 2017
she was shot dead by her former boyfriend Mustafa Yetgin as
she left school. Yesterday at the first hearing of the case the
suspect's lawyer said that the person who had been brought to
court was not her client. (!)
It turned out that because of a similarity in names, the wrong
person was brought to court. So although Palandöken's friends
Cemil Yıldız and Deniz Morsümbül were ready to testify and
Murders Against Women Platform representatives, as well
as officials from the Family and Social Policy Ministry were
present, the hearing had to be postponed.
Officials from the nearby Maltepe Prison had brought Mustafa
Yetkin to court, rather than murder suspect Mustafa Yetgin. (!)