German hip hop artist arrested in Turkey’s Antalya over murder charges
ANTALYA - Doğan News Agency
The incident came to light after locals found the dead body of Katharina Kugel, 35, flowing about 100 meters off the coast of Kleopatra Beach in the Alanya district early on June 11.
The testimony of the woman’s friend led the police to track Mohammed Hareke, who was identified to have gone to a disco with Kugel on the night of the murder.
Police then detained Hareke in the home he had rented while spending time in Alanya and also found some drugs.
Hareke was dispatched to the Alanya court on charges of “voluntary killing.”
“I met with Katharina Kugel and her Turkish friend Dilara Ateş at a disco. I had some alcohol there. I was also using drugs,” he said in his testimony.
After leaving Ateş at her hotel, Hareke said he had gone to the beach with Kugel.
“As the water was cold, I told her I would get out of the sea and I did. On the other hand, she stayed [in the water]. Then I got dressed on the shore and left. Katharina was living at that point and swimming. While I was leaving, I did not hear any scream or call for help. She was someone who knew how to swim very well,” the man noted further.
Hareke was arrested by a court order and dispatched to the Alanya L Type Prison.