03 Aralık 2015 Perşembe 09:36
Turkish court sentences suspects of murder of Özgecan Arslan to aggravated life imprisonment

Turkish court sentenced the three murder suspects of 20-year-old Özgecan Aslan to aggravated life imprisonment, after Aslan was brutally killed and her body was burnt by the offenders in Feb. 2015, after a rape attempt. 

Also, the minibus driver Ahmet Suphi Altındöken, 26-years-old, who has confessed that he stabbed Aslan to death, was sentenced to 27 years, while his friend Fatih Gökçe involved in the murder was sentenced to 24 years in jail. Father of Suphi Altındöken, Necmettin Altındöken has been also sentenced. The court have not plead and reduced sentences of the offenders. 

The decision was applauded by attendees in the court room.

The burned body of Aslan, who had been missing for two days, was discovered on Feb. 13 in a riverbed in Tarsus. Ahmet Suphi Altındöken, 26, confessed that he stabbed Aslan to death before burning her body in a testimony to the prosecutor. Altındöken stated that Aslan had initially reacted because he was not following the bus' normal route, hitting him, digging her nails into the back of his neck and using a tear gas spray. He also said he then went to the back of the bus, grabbed Aslan by her hair, threw her to the ground and kicked her.

Her brutal killing has sparked an outrage and thousands have protested across the country.

 

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