Diyarbakir police respond to negligence claims over bombing

Diyarbakir police release statement regarding negligence claims concerning interrogation of suspect arrested over HDP rally bombing on June 5

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The General Directorate of Security Affairs of Turkey’s Diyarbakir police has released a statement regarding claims of negligence related to the interrogation of a man suspected of involvement in the June 5 bombing of a pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) rally in Turkey’s southeastern province two days before the June 7 general elections.

Turkish daily newspaper Hurriyet has claimed that the suspect Orhan Gonder was interrogated by illegal means at a hotel on June 3 and then released by the police in Diyarbakir.

“The police officers took an official statement down about the suspect on June 3 at the hotel he stayed as it was found that the person did not complete his military service,” the statement said.

The allegation that the suspect was interrogated by illegal means was denied by Diyarbakir police. However, the statement said an investigation was launched on June 10 with a team of ten investigators to determine whether any negligence existed and is still continuing.

Four people died and 414 people were injured in the bombing of the HDP rally on June 5.

Gonder claimed to have links with ISIS in his statement to Turkish police.

ISIS is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey.


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