Jailed Turkish police chief asked to testify at trial on death of former politician

Imprisoned ex-police chief in charge of intelligence unit Ramazan Akyurek requested to testify by lawyers of claimants at trial, probing controversial death of former Great Union Party leader Muhsin Yazıcıoglu

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Former police chief of intelligence unit Ramazan Akyurek, who is jailed for misconduct , was requested to testify by lawyers of claimants for the trial which investigates the death of former Great Union Party (BBP) leader Muhsin Yazıcıoglu along with four others in 2009.

Yazıcıoglu was killed in a controversial helicopter crash in March of 2009 on his way to a rally as part of BBP election campaign then. Four others, including the pilot and a journalist were also killed in the crash.

The case is being heard by Seventh Criminal Court of Kahramanmaras since the accident took place in its jurisdiction. Former intelligence unit branch chief Dursun Ozmen is being tried by the court over accusations of misconduct during the time of the accident. Ozmen who is currently serving in Isparta was not present at the court.

BBP leader Mustafa Destici, Felicity Party (SP) leader Mustafa Kamalak, Yazıcıoglu’s wife and son, as well as family members of the other four victims were also present at the trial.

The lawyers of the claimants requested for Ozmen’s arrest and release of phone recordings of policeman Mehmet Gul who is posted in Ankara intelligence unit. The lawyers said the phone of Gul was used by Akyurek, who is jailed on charges of misconduct in the assassination of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink.

Also another lawyer from the claimants demanded the case should be tried by a heavy penal court due to more than one casualty while requesting the director of organised crime unit Orhan Ozdemir to be tried as number one suspect.

The next trial is set for June 23.

TRTWorld and agencies