Turkish director’s son released despite conviction for killing police officer in crash
ISTANBULThe son of a famous Turkish film director has been released by an Istanbul court after being sentenced to six years and three months in jail on Oct. 4 for killing a police officer and wounding another in a traffic accident.
The decision was taken after a court delegation’s vote and despite the prosecutor’s opinion that Çetin must remain under arrest.
In his defense, Çetin claimed the alcohol he imbibed before the incident was not a considerable amount and that he was not under the influence when the accident occurred.
“It was within the legal limits. I was not engaged in an action that would cause an accident. It is also obvious from the recordings of the surveillance cameras that I was not fast,” said Çetin.
The video footage of the accident showing Çetin’s luxury car in the wrong lane had triggered widespread public anger.