Turkey suspends policemen over dragging of dead body

Two policemen suspended over dragging of dead body in Turkey’s southeastern province of Sirnak

Photo by: Ministry of Internal Affairs
Photo by: Ministry of Internal Affairs

Turkey's Ministry of Internal Affairs issued a statement on October 12, 2015.

Two policemen who were involved in dragging of a dead body in Turkey’s southeastern province of Sirnak were suspended on Monday, Ministry of Internal Affairs announced.

The incident hit the national media last week when a photo showing an armoured police vehicle dragging a dead body which belongs to PKK terrorist, was published on the internet.

The photograph was also shared by Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtas.

Issued a statement about the incident, Ministry of Internal Affairs said “two personnel considered to have been involved in the incident have been suspended following an investigation that had been launched over the dragging of a terrorist corpse on the ground in Sirnak last week.”

The body was identified as Haci Osman Birlik who was killed during armed clashes between Turkish police and YDG-H -the youth wing of the PKK.

The outlawed PKK is listed as terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as NATO, the US and EU.

Asked about suspension of two personnel, Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said “We ordered officials to do the necessary investigations on the incident. Two policemen were suspended over this behaviour. Some sources say that this was made consciously. If there is a criminal, conviction should be given by the law.”


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