Turkey Arrests 3 Over Özgecan Aslan’s Murder as Autcry Grows
A court in Turkey has remanded in custody three men accused over the brutal murder and attempted rape of a 20-year-old female student that sent a shockwave around the country.
Ahmet Suphi Altindoken, his father Necmettin Altindoken and Fatih Gokce were placed under arrest pending trial by a court in the southern city of Tarsus in the Mersin region late Sunday.
Ahmet Suphi Altindoken is suspected of carrying out the murder of Ozgecan Aslan, 20, while the other two are accused of being accomplices, it added.
Aslan, who went missing on Wednesday evening in Tarsus, reportedly resisted sexual assault and was subsequently murdered. Her body was then burned to destroy the evidence.
The murder has sparked fury across Turkey, which has been battling over the years to reduce its appalling record for violence against women, with protests taking place in major cities.
Reports said Aslan had been the only passenger in a minibus driven by Ahmet Suphi Altindoken, who changed the route of the bus and attempted to rape her.She tried to resist by using pepper spray but he then stabbed her to death.
The driver then returned to Tarsus to find his father and a friend to help him dispose of the body. They then burned the body in a wooded area in a bid to hide the evidence.
The head of Mersin Bar Association said that no member of the bar in the region would defend the perpetrators in court.
Turkey’s Family and Social Minister Aysenur Islam, the only woman in the cabinet of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, said after visiting the victim’s family that capital punishment should be considered for the perpetrators.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s two daughters, Sumeyye Erdogan and Esra Albayrak, paid a joint visit to the grieving family of the victim.
Erdogan and his wife Emine phoned Aslan’s family on Saturday and condemned the murder while Davutoglu vowed everything would be done to punish the murderers.