New footage shows Özgecan and killers moments before her murder
DHA PhotoNewly-surfaced security camera footage shows Özgecan Aslan, who was brutally slain on Feb. 11, and her confessed killers in a southern Turkish city soon before her murder, CNN Türk television reported March 17.
In the footage, Aslan is seen with her friend in a shopping mall in the Tarsus district of Mersin province, leaving the mall at 8.30 p.m. and boarding a minibus to return home.
The 20-year-old psychology student was later killed in the minibus after she was the only passenger left inside and the driver diverted from the highway to enter a wooded area, despite the young woman’s objections.
In the second video footage collected by the prosecution to be included in the criminal file, a man is seen buying a jerry can of gasoline. Sources speaking to CNN Türk identified the man as Fatih Gökçe, the alleged co-conspirator of the prime suspect, Suphi Altındöken.
The 26-year-old minibus driver Altındöken had earlier confessed to the murder, saying that he had sent his friend, Gökçe, to find gasoline to help him burn the body.
Aslan’s burned body was found in a river bed two days after her family reported her missing, triggering nationwide demonstrations urging authorities to prevent sexual crimes and protect women’s lives and freedoms.