|Turkish forces acquitted in killing of father & son|
KHRP learned from the family of Ahmet & Uğur Kaymaz that the
four members of the Turkish security forces involved in their killing
have been acquitted of charges of excessive force. The verdict was
reached at Eskişehir Heavy Penal Court yesterday afternoon.
In response to the killings KHRP sent a fact-finding mission to Kızıltepe, whose findings were published in March 2005. The opening hearing of the trial of the perpetrators was also observed by a KHRP mission in October 2005, and a report published on the proceedings in May 2006.*
The Kaymaz family expressed its shock in a telephone call to KHRP yesterday, shortly after the verdict - absolving the security forces of all wrongdoing in an unprovoked attack on an unarmed man and boy - was read. In response to the judgement KHRP Deputy Director Rachel Bernu stated: “One of the principal duties of any state is to uphold the right to life of each and every one of its citizens, regardless of their religion, ethnicity or background. Today’s verdict sadly demonstrates the clear denial of this right to Turkey’s Kurdish citizens, and also the impunity with which Turkish security forces can act against them. KHRP calls for an immediate appeal of the verdict, so that the perpetrators of these killings can be brought to justice”.* See “Thirteen Bullets”: Extra-judicial Killings in Southeast Turkey , KHRP, 2005 and Effective Criminal Accountability? Extra-Judicial Killings on Trial , KHRP, 2006