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A man who attacked Gezi Park protesters with a machete in his hand has reportedly fled to the Morrocan city of Casablanca. DHA photo

A man who attacked Gezi Park protesters with a machete in his hand has reportedly fled to the Morrocan city of Casablanca. DHA photo

The man who attacked Gezi Park protesters with a machete in his hand fled to the Moroccan city of Casablanca on July 10, days after the court released him on the grounds that there were no suspicions that he would try to escape.

The man, identified as local business-owner S.Ç., fled to Casablanca on a Turkish Airlines flight that left Istanbul at 4:30 p.m., after being released pending trial by the court. He bought a return ticket for Aug. 10, according to media reports. It has been reported that S.Ç. is married to a Moroccan woman.

An official arrest warrant was issued for S.Ç. on July 11, after a prosecutor objected to his release by an Istanbul court. No travel ban had yet been issued when he left the country.

Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy Hüseyin Çelik said he too felt like the man should not have been released, but slammed media reports that claimed his party tampered with evidence to direct the case.

“The machete man should not have been released, I agree with that. It is one thing to say the hotel owner did such a thing, but to say that the evidence has been tampered with is a different story,” Çelik said.

Çelik added that the “mood” of the man was also significant regarding the event, since he was severely frustrated with the Gezi protesters, who Çelik claimed made business owners suffer financially by staging daily protests.

“You make it look like there are units walking around the streets, like people were unleashed to attack Gezi protesters. It is immoral to reflect the situation as if counter-units have been formed against people. To project such an image is equally wrong as the act itself,” Çelik added.


July/12/2013

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Brit in Turkey

7/13/2013 6:17:48 PM

Çılgın: Perhaps Dutch secretly flew over, under an assumed name, for a 24 hour stopover just to see for himself.

T.C

7/13/2013 5:07:44 AM

Hey Dutch Turk... Sounds like your have a 'nerve' meltdown yourself. Wake up man

Çılgın Kanarya

7/13/2013 2:24:37 AM

DUTCH TURK, where exactly do you get your news from? I could almost believe that Egemen Baǧış personally calls you on your mobile every day to give you the lowdown on what's happening! It's the only way to explain your totally delusional & factually incorrect posts! You seriously need to ask yourself why nobody ever gets injured when the police don't intervene in the protests, such as in Kadıköy last Sunday when 100,000 Çapulcus gathered. Do you understand the meaning of 'common denominator'?

american american

7/13/2013 1:24:18 AM

more lies from holland...and`a cowardly troll to boot

Çılgın Kanarya

7/12/2013 10:45:22 PM

Dutch Turk, your attempts to defend this dangerous, convicted criminal get more desperate by the day! And what a pity you weren't in Taksim for the 10 days that the police were hiding down in Beşiktaş, as you would've seen that almost every shop & business was continuing to operate as normal, & were raking it in with the 10's of thousands of people turning up every day. What affects their business in TEAR GAS! Some attack the Çapulcu out of frustration because they're afraid to accuse the police

Dayna Lewis

7/12/2013 10:24:17 PM

@DutchTurk NO it is well known that many shopowners are fed up with the demonstrations but the majority of them are law abiding citizens who even helped the demonstraters when police were attacking them. No one wants them to lose business except obviously the AKP officials...ithey and especially the main provocator RTE are the reasons that thousands poured onto the streets. When the officals called the police off the shopkeepers were happy because demonstraters bought from them .gas=no business

Murat

7/12/2013 8:48:01 PM

Morocco does not extradite?

Nobody She

7/12/2013 7:10:44 PM

Turkey runs by a set of backwards hypocrites.

DutchTurk JANICAR

7/12/2013 6:53:48 PM

To those Chappuling below, if assaulting a police officer is legitimate, then so is this man legitimate protecting his shop and his staff. Let alone that all shop owners around Taksim Square are fed up with these rioting Chapulcus, someone had a nerve melt down, which i think could be expected, all patience have an end, especially when we are talking about tempered Turkish men. Respect for this man, for not injuring anyone, with a machete like that. Unlike the Chapulcus injuring hundreds.

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

7/12/2013 6:51:22 PM

This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship (strike that, life) in Casablanca, I guess.
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