Turkish court gives life sentence for Dolmabahce attacker

Assailant who attacked on Turkish police forces standing guard in Dolmabahce Palace in Turkey’s Istanbul receives aggravated life imprisonment

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

A Turkish court announced on Wednesday that assailant Firat Ozcelik who attacked Turkish police forces standing guard at Dolmabahce Palace -an Ottoman-era building located in Istanbul’s Besiktas District- with a long barreled weapon and hand grenade on January 1, 2015 has been sentenced to life in prison.

According to a statement released by the Turkish 14th High Criminal Court, Ozcelik was sentenced to aggravated life imprisonment on charges of attempting to change the constitutional order by using force and violence on behalf of the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front (DHKP-C).

DHKP-C is recognised as a terror organisation by Turkey, the United States and European Union.

On August 20, two other members of the militant group Ayberk Demirdogen and Guven Usta were also arrested with two grenades, a gun and some ammunition after they attacked Turkish forces standing guard at Dolmabahce Palace located near the prime minister’s office in Istanbul.

TRTWorld and agencies