LOCAL > Identity of Gezi protest victim’s alleged police officer shooter revealed


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Ethem Sarısülük passed away June 14, increasing the number of casualties in the protests to four. DHA photo

Ethem Sarısülük passed away June 14, increasing the number of casualties in the protests to four. DHA photo

The identity of the police officer who allegedly shot Ethem Sarısülük, the fourth casualty of the Gezi Park protests, has been revealed and sent to the public prosecutor’s office, daily Hürriyet reported on its website.

The police officer’s gun was also sent to the criminal investigation bureau.

The decision to ask for the police officer’s identity and to send his gun for a criminal investigation was given after the public prosecutor looking into the incident investigated the pre-autopsy report, the report of the gendarmerie expert, the testimonies of the eye-witnesses and the security camera records.

The investigation of the police officer, identified as A.Ş., is being pursued and the public prosecutor will appeal to the officer for his testimony, Sarısülük’s lawyer, Kazım Bayraktar, was quoted saying.

The gun was sent to the Istanbul Forensic Medicine Institute for a criminal investigation, which Bayraktar said had not been anticipated as they had expected the gun to be sent to the gendarmerie criminal. “We will learn from the public prosecutor why [the gun] was sent to Istanbul [Forensic Medicine Institute],” Bayraktar said.

Ethem Sarısülük passed away June 14, increasing the number of casualties in the protests to four. A commemoration was intended to be held on June 16 in Ankara’s Kızılay Square, where he was shot as the police intervened with water cannons and tear gas.


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Recep Ozel

6/18/2013 5:51:44 PM

The autopsy pulled out a 9mm bullet, as published by a few brave newspapers, so there is no question that a gun was fired by a police officer. There has also been video footage of the incident played on a few brave TV channels, clearly showing a police office shooting Ethem, then running away. The question is what will happen now???


6/18/2013 5:45:20 PM

No, Rimon, he will be the sacrifice; "See we punished the person who did wrong." and AKP truly believes this will be enough to absolve them of everything. It's a sign of their madness.

British Chapuller

6/18/2013 5:25:32 PM

Do not demonstrate he says, and yet he organises a mass demonstration himself. Do not provoke violence he says, and yet he pulls the strings to provoke the onslaught against peaceful demonstrations. Stop preventing the freedom to use the park, and yet he prevents the freedom to use the park, using force...live within the law, and yet he lives outside the law. If there was ever to be a solid definition of the phrase "Do as I say and not as I do" then surely it would have to point to Erdogan.

Dave Chapman

6/18/2013 5:14:11 PM

I imagine the Istanbul Forensic Medical Institute is less partisan than the Gendarmrie and thus your confusion (at least that is my hope) such that there isn't any more BLATANT lies and cover ups. How RTE could say such a thing about guns knowing full well that 2 days or so ago a BULLET was removed from poor Ethem's head, with so much footage available that we have all seen, is beyond me. It is sickening, really sickening that he cannot bring himself to say sorry or express regret. Sickening.

mara mcglothin

6/18/2013 4:18:33 PM

MISSES ATATURK I guess a "definition" of gun is in order???? The esteemed PM will be busy changing all the dictionaries as we speak. So let it be written, so let it be done!

Rimon Tree

6/18/2013 4:15:51 PM

Will he get a medal of honour now for having acted with so much "common sense" and protected the Turkish government, who has "passed the democratic test", from those incredible violent protestors? Will Obama come to congratulate?


6/18/2013 3:34:03 PM

of course they will claim that the bullet does not belong to that police officer's gun because they have already replaced it with another one for sure. Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blood in his hands.

British Chapuller

6/18/2013 3:33:04 PM

Agreed Misses Ataturk...I was just about to say the same thing...my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ethem...but it does raise the question will RTE have the guts to now stand up in front of his people and declare that he got it wrong, that guns were used and that he is sorry for this loss of life...I await with baited breath....

mehmet ud

6/18/2013 2:59:24 PM

If its true then it might be correct that some provocators were in the police force in order to inflame the situation. it also would open up a new dimension into the investigations of the provocators and whether this was pre-planned uprising. This will definately serve the national will to further clean all left over provocators in the military, police and MIT.


6/18/2013 2:50:18 PM

from the start there has always been lies from gangsters even theirs truth is so suspicious if they speak truth though
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