CLOSED: Turkey - Demand justice for Ferhat Gerçek
LETTER / FAX
In October 2007 Ferhat Gerçek, 18, was shot in the back by police and
paralysed following a dispute in the street over the sale of a
magazine. Send an appeal now
Seven police officers face trial for the shooting, but flaws in the investigation mean that the officer who shot Ferhat Gerçek may evade justice. To date none of those implicated have been suspended from duty - despite ballistic tests matching the bullet found in Ferhat Gerçek to a police gun.
Meanwhile, Ferhat is also on trial in connection with the dispute. He faces charges including “criminal damage” which could lead to a 15 year prison sentence.
The trial is progressing slowly: it has now been ongoing for more than three years, with no outcomes as yet. Read more about Ferhat's case
Update February 2012 Two of the seven police officers charged with Ferhat’s shooting were in court for the first time at the retrial of 19 officers charged with death by torture in the related case of Engin Çeber. They admitted shooting but refused the judge’s offer of pleading guilty to the charges of “wounding with intent” with view to a lesser sentence. Read the full update
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