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