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Ahmet Koca. DHA photo

Ahmet Koca. DHA photo

Prosecutors have opened a lawsuit against Ahmet Koca, who was severely beaten by at least seven policemen on June 18, demanding that he serve between 1.5 and five years in prison for "resisting a police officer" and "insulting a public official,” daily Habertürk reported today.

Three of the seven police officers who beat Koca had received health reports saying their "hands were hurt" in the attack and claimed that it was Koca who beat them despite video footage explicitly showing the officers beating the lone man. 
Koca has filed a complaint as well, saying the policemen beat him in the street and forced him into a squad car where they continued the beating for hours as they drove around the city before releasing him, rather than taking him to a police station. 
Amateur footage emerged June 20, showing at least seven policemen beating and kicking Koca following an argument over right of way on a street sometime after midnight. The man was attempting to bring a pregnant relative to hospital when the incident occurred.

The video caused an uproar, prompting the Interior Ministry to launch an investigation into the incident and remove the accused policemen from duty.


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Dweller -

7/4/2012 3:06:13 PM

From today's (Wednesday) edition. "Eleven police officers who were filmed beating a man have been released after being questioned by prosecutor, CNNTürk reported today." Can someone try and explain to me with some justifiability how they can release these thugs? I fail to see how this can happen in what is (supposedly) a democratic country seeking entry to the EU. There is absolutely no way this country should even be considered for EU membership whilst events like this occur.

Michael Johnson

7/2/2012 8:40:17 PM

Is this serious? Only in Turkey...what a laughingstock.

Jack Jones

7/2/2012 12:09:57 AM

Justice is missing in Turkey.

dogan kemal ileri

7/1/2012 6:30:30 PM

This is the best joke I've heard this year.

Chas Spencer

7/1/2012 3:46:34 PM

Will the Leadership of Turkey permit this "Abuseo of Power Practices" to go on forever? If so, then the Leadership of Turkey is burying Turks and their achievements of past decades as well as the Secular Republic for whitch it stands into the Sands of Shame! Is this the Model Republic for the Islamic World or is this an invitation for the International Court of Justice to declare Turkey a "Disfunctional State"?

Tevfik Alp

7/1/2012 3:12:28 PM

He was not doing anything wrong and he was a law abiding citizen, but police beat him for enjoyment.. I think, the subject needs to be nit picked a little more.

Emanuel Zahra

7/1/2012 2:21:20 PM

All that 7 (seven) policeman had to do was to restrain Mr Koca. I do understand that most of the time Policemen all over the world are caught in difficult and dangerous situations and I fully understand that their job can sometimes be extremely dangerous. Having said that, I had to cross check the article above and made a search on Youtube and what I found was somewhat different. I find it hard to understand why the does the State Prosecutor wants to prosecute Mr Koca?

Stephen Brunette

7/1/2012 1:35:44 PM

Double insult to to victim of the Istanbul storm troopers, justice is indeed blind in Istanbul. Poor policemen, hurt their hands beating a defenceless ma. Hope can the prosecutor look at himself in the mirror? One day justice will be served in that city with useless police and even more useless prosecutors. Please print for democratic speech demands the truth be said.

Dweller -

7/1/2012 1:32:58 PM

What IS going on with the police? Do they see themselves as invincible? Despite video footage which shows them beating Koca, they contradict the visual evidence saying that he beat and insulted them! They should be taken to court and tried for what they did and if (maybe I should say when) they are found guilty, dismissed from the police service and jailed. Police activity of this sort with apparent impunity from prosecution needs to be ended and the sooner the better.

john albay

7/1/2012 1:21:38 PM

This man might not be an angel but the police man have NO right to beat him. They are(should be, were would be better !) Turkish policemen,not gestapo officers! Their behavior is a disgrace to all the honest police men in Turkey and gives our police force a bad name! They should be put in front of a judge and put in Jail. As for the state prosicuter wanting to prosicute this man that is a scandel and he should be removed from his position NOW! Turkey is a great state not a mafia state remember !
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