LOCAL > Women beaten by police sentenced to jail for ‘insulting’ officers


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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.


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Dweller -

6/23/2012 2:47:26 PM

As I commented on another (similar) story. Are the police following a government directive?

michele suzanne

6/23/2012 3:04:42 AM

Where do the Turkish police force get their recruits - prison? If I didn't know better, this story would be shocking. @ john albay - if they did this their would be no police officers left. What surprises/disgusts me is that there seems to be an inordinate amount of brutal/cruel thugs within one profession - how come? Are these people/thugs motivated to join the police force BECAUSE they know they will have free reign to vent their "anger?" Police should not be permitted to brutalise ANYONE!

Marcel Pfister

6/22/2012 10:46:29 PM

Scandalous. A disgrace for Turkish justice.

Rimon Tree

6/22/2012 9:47:47 PM

Bye, bye Europe! Come on Iran!

sam stevens

6/22/2012 9:04:15 PM

Only in Turkey .............

john albay

6/22/2012 6:51:51 PM

i am starting to worry abour the rotten apples in the police force.thry must be rooted our at once kick out of the police force and put in front of a court. Men do not hit women end of story.

Hakan Salci

6/22/2012 6:22:02 PM

A normal person reading this would be quite shocked at this outcome however in Turkey such behaviour is normal, i.e. the victim ending up in prison whilst the Gestapo are let off to run wild again. This is what you get with the Gulen Police community.

Nadiri Başaran

6/22/2012 6:11:03 PM

It's becoming apparent that the Turkish police are out of control and have become a law unto themselves.
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