Two women allegedly beaten by police in Istanbul have
been sentenced to five months in prison on charges of "insulting public
officials" while the officers were released, daily Radikal reported today.
Meltem Tekin and Erem Yirmibeş were reportedly taken into
custody after arguing with police during an identity check on Istanbul’s
İstiklal Avenue in 2008. Tekin allegedly left the police station with bruises
to her eye the next day.
Tekin alleged that police slapped her twice, while police
officers countered that the women hit and threatened officers.
The women’s five-month prison sentence was suspended.
On June 19, video footage emerged showing at least 10
Istanbul police officers severely beating a man in front of a pregnant relative
following a dispute over right of way on a street.