Video footage revealed, allegedly shows beating of slain Gezi victim
İsmail Saymaz ISTANBUL - Radikal
Ali İsmail Korkmaz, 19, was the fifth person killed since the start of the Gezi protests in late May. DHA photoNew video footage showing the beating of a man, allegedly the killed Gezi Park protester Ali İsmail Korkmaz, was revealed on Aug. 22.
The footage shows several men trapping another man at the entrance of a building and beating him.
Korkmaz, 19, succumbed to his injuries in hospital on June 10 after being brutally beaten on June 2 in the Central Anatolian province of Eskişehir.
A civilian suspect in the investigation into the murder of Korkmaz in Eskişehir has confessed that a riot police officer told civilians, including himself, to catch protesters so they could “beat them with sticks.”
Arrested suspect police officer M.S. shouted at them to “catch protesters,” the fourth civilian suspect in the investigation, E.H., said in his testimony taken by Eskişehir’s Sixth Criminal Court of Peace on Aug. 15, daily Radikal reported.
Another piece of footage showing assailants in civilian clothes beating protesters with sticks emerged on July 12 as part of an investigation into the death of Korkmaz.
The footage showing an important part of the incident had earlier not been found and was reported as erased.
However, eight people, including four public employees, were detained on Aug. 7 after a security camera footage showing a group of people beating Korkmaz emerged.
Four of the suspects were later released.