Turkey: trial opens in case of 19-year-old killed and burned

Outside tribunal women demand justice for Ozgecan Aslan

12 June, 11:51

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, JUNE 12 - The trial into the brutal murder of Ozgecan Aslan, the 19-year-old killed and burned in February after she resisted rape, opened this morning in Mersin, in southern Turkey.

    The defendant is Ahmet Auphi, Altindoken, a 26-year-old bus driver who confessed to the murder. He was driving the bus on which the girl was travelling. His co-defendants and alleged accomplices are his father, Ncmettin Altindoken and his friend Fatih Gokce.

    They risk a life term. In a competition of solidarity, a thousand lawyers have offered to assist the victim's family but only a few were admitted in court as it can hold a maximum of 100 people.

    The local press stressed that two of the three judges in the panel are women. For security reasons, all other proceedings were suspended today in court.

    The trial has been long-awaited in Turkey, where the case moved and enraged civil society. Women's rights groups were demonstrating outside court on Friday, demanding justice for Ozgecan Aslan and the end of women's murders in Turkey. Last year, 294 women were killed in the country.(ANSAmed).

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