Police gun that killed Uğur Kurt found
Flowers are laid at the place where Ugur Kurt was shot dead in the Okmeydanı cemevi, May 23. REUTERS PhotoThe gun that led to the killing of Uğur Kurt during a police crackdown in Istanbul has been found, Interior Minister Efkan Ala said May 29, with prosecutors confirming that it belonged to a police officer.
The Istanbul Prosecutor’s Office has made a request to the Governor’s Office for permission to launch an investigation into the police officer who fired the gun that killed Uğur Kurt, Doğan News Agency reported.
The guns of 14 police officers were seized and analyzed by the forensic after Kurt’s killing, the report added.
Kurt was killed after being hit by a police bullet as he was attending a ceremony at a cemevi – an Alevi worship place – as security forces fired live ammunition during clashes in the sensitive neighborhood of Okmeydanı on May 22.
Istanbul Governor Hüseyin Avni Mutlu confirmed that firearms were used during the clashes, which also led to the killing of another civilian, Ayhan Yılmaz.