State to pay 30,000 liras to local paralyzed by police fire in Turkey’s southeast
Back in 2010, Cembeli Erdem, 50, was shot by a police officer during a march in the Sur district of Diyarbakır. Erdem, who was already hearing impaired, was paralyzed in the lower half of his body by the shot.
The Diyarbakır Chief Prosecutor’s Office had filed a criminal case against a police officer on charges of “grievous bodily harm with intent” over the shooting of Erdem.
The court sentence the officer to one year and eight months in jail.
Meanwhile, the Constitutional Court ordered that Erdem’s right to life was violated and further details about the case remained deficient.
“An effective investigation is required to ensure that the responsibilities of any non-natural death are determined and punished. The main purpose of this inquiry should be to ensure that the law protecting the right to life is effectively implemented,” stated the ruling.
The court also ordered the state to pay 30,000 liras in compensation to Erdem.