Three men who were involved in the killing of 19-year-old university student Ozgecan Aslan have been sentenced to aggravated life imprisonment by Tarsus 1st High Criminal Court on Thursday.
The penal court found the minibus driver, Ahmet Suphi Altindoken, his father Necmettin Altindoken and his friend Fatih Gokce guilty after nearly a year long judicial process.
University student Ozgecan Aslan was killed after she resisted to being raped on a minibus in Turkey’s southern province of Mersin on Feb. 13 this year.
Her charred remains were found two days after she was reported missing.
The death of Aslan sparked outrage across the country and nationwide demonstrations were held especially by women’s rights activists who wanted the state to pass stricter laws to prevent violence against women.
On Sept. 9, the prosecutor charged the suspects with various crimes including, “merciless killing” and “attempt to rape”, requesting life sentences for the three individuals.
The prosecutor also asked the court not to reduce their sentence by finding mitigating circumstances.
During the trial, the three suspects were not brought to court to avoid any disturbance inside or outside of the courthouse. Instead, they witnessed the hearing via video conference.
On Feb. 17, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will do what is required to hand out the severest punishment for the murderers of the female student.