Prosecutor objects to acquittal of police officer suspected of rape in Turkey’s Mardin

Prosecutor objects to acquittal of police officer suspected of rape in Turkey’s Mardin

MARDİN – Dogan News Agency
Prosecutor objects to acquittal of police officer suspected of rape in Turkey’s Mardin

The Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in the southeastern province of Mardin has objected to the acquittal of a police officer accused of raping a 21-year-old woman, with one of the grounds for his acquittal being that “the woman had phone numbers of multiple men among the contacts on her mobile phone.” 

Up to 12 years in jail was sought for the special operations police officer for allegedly raping the woman he met online.

On Feb. 8, the Mardin First Heavy Penal Court had acquitted the suspect of all charges.

But the Mardin Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office objected to the decision and demanded up to 12 years in jail for the perpetrator, presenting a medical report proving he raped the woman.

The prosecutor said the incident affected the victim’s mental health, adding that statements and the medical report proved there was “sexual assault.”

The victim’s lawyer also objected to the decision and demanded that the suspect be given a jail sentence, pointing out to the evidence presented to the court.

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