Turkey faces unsolved murders throughout its history

Turkey initiates a series of inquiries for the unsolved murders, starting from Dersim massacre of 1938 and the 1995 events in southeast of Turkey

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkey will initiate a series of inquiries for the unsolved murders, starting from Dersim massacre of 1938 and the 1995 events in southeast of Turkey which have been said to be involved in ‘deep state’ in the country, leaving dozens of unsolved murders and many missing people.

The High Criminal Court of Erzincan province has decided to start a probe over the case of Dersim massacre, which caused thousands of deaths, claimed to be because of an uprising of the local people.

A new argument - that a mass grave on which 21 people, including 10 children was found in the region- asserts that the event was not an uprising but a massacre made by the government of that day.

The incident was exposed when the sons of the two families, whose 21 members killed during the events, decided to construct a mausoleum in the memory of their losses.

They have found bones - suspected to be burned - in the grave zone and litigated for a wider investigation over the case. The court has accepted the appeal and decided to start the investigation Feb. 2015 when the seasonal conditions get better.

More than 14,000 civilians, the majority of them from the Alevi community, were massacred in a military offensive in Dersim province following a rebellion 67 years ago against the government's resettlement policies,

The then Republican People's Party (CHP) - led by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of Turkey, was in power.
Dersim is now known as Tunceli province.

This will be the first probe over the Dersim massacre from which Turkish governments avoided until recently.

Turkey has also considered solving the southeast murders which threatened regional people 1990 - 1995. It’s believed that the murders are involved in “the deep state,” which committed crimes beyond the government’s authority to put pressure on and create a gap between Turkish and Kurdish people as a regional activity among many other activities in different areas.

The deep state allegedly used some government officials; legislative, executive, judicial and also military officials from every rankings.

Midyat Prosecutor's Office appealed the High Criminal Court over an investigation for a part of unsolved murders in 1995. Eight people, among one a Turkish sergeant, killed in the incident in Diyarbakır province. The court has accepted the appeal.

The Prosecutor’s Office requested a record imprisonment for the case. The prosecutor asked three to eight life imprisonments for Mardin Gendarmerie Commando Battalion Commander Hurşit İmren, Dargeçit Gendarmerie Commander Mehmet Tire, Gendarmerie Commander Mahmut Yilmaz, Deputy Station Commander Heydar Topçam and sergeant Kerim Şahin for “premeditated murder.”

The prosecution of suspects will be started in coming days.

TRTWorld and agencies