Father seeking answers over suspicious death of daughter detained again

A Turkish father who has been fighting for months to bring public attention to shed light on the death of his 11-year-old daughter has been detained, Sözcü reported on Thursday.

Rabia Naz Vatan, the daughter of Şaban Vatan, was found dead outside her family home in Eynesil, a town in the northern Turkish province of Giresun, last year. Police quickly ruled the death a suicide, but her father says crucial evidence has been overlooked, and has said he believes she was killed in a hit and run.

Meanwhile, journalists Canan Coşkun and Kazım Kızıl were detained on Wednesday while they were following the case together with a commission consisting of members of the Turkish parliament.

The father and the two journalists were sent to the court for arrest, Sözcü said.

Vatan believes his daughter was hit by a car driven by relatives of the Eynesil mayor and that the incident was covered up by local police. 

He was detained before in March and was taken to a psychiatric clinic over suspected mental health issues.

The alleged involvement of powerful ruling party officials in a cover-up has drawn widespread criticism in Eynesil, and is thought to have contributed to the ruling Justice and Development Party’s loss of its former stronghold district in the March 31 local election to the main opposition Republican People's Party.