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LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR ‘HONOUR KILLING’ OF GAY TURKISH TEENAGER

in WORLD, 24/02/2014

A landmark ruling in Turkey has seen a father and two uncles jailed for life for the ‘honour killing’ of a 17-year-old gay teenager in 2012 in the country’s south-east.

Rosin Çiçek was found at the side of a road in the city of Diyarbakir on July 2, 2012 suffering from severe injuries including a bullet wound to his head. He died two days later.

Following a long-running court case spanning almost two years, Çiçek’s father, Metin, and his uncles,  Seyhmus and Mehmut, were found guilty of manslaughter on February 10. All three were handed life sentences.

The lawyer for the three accused men had at one point during the trial alleged the incident could not have occurred as the family was “modern and bourgeois”.

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