Femicide in Turkey: Another Family is Fighting for Justice

25 Jun 2022
Femicide in Turkey: Another Family is Fighting for Justice
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Pinar Gultekin (27), was brutally killed by Cemal Metin Avci on July 21, 2020.  The charge filed for the murderer Cemal Metin Avci was “killing with monstrous feeling or by tormenting”. There were also other collaborators charged with “destroying, hiding or tampering with criminal evidence” in the case, namely murderer’s brother Mertcan Avci, his mother Ayten Avci, his father Selim Avci, his ex-wife Eda Karagun and his friend Sukru Gokhan Orhan. 

A Turkish court in Mugla reduced an aggravated life sentence jail term to 23 years in prison for Cemal Metin Avci on the basis of “unjust provocation”. The Court also acquitted the collaborators in the final hearing. 

It has been proved by forensics that murderer Cemal Avci put Pinar Gultekin’s body in a barrel while she is unconcious and set fire to her while she was still alive and then filled the barrel with concrete.

“This murderer will be released from prison after 14 years and 4 months if the decision is finalised at the appeal” says Rezan Epozdemir, the solicitor of the Gultekin Family. 

Human rights organisations and feminist activists including “We Will Stop Femicide Platform” (KCDP) and “The Federation of Women Associations of Turkey” (TKDF) have protested the court’s decision. 

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