Slain Kurdish lawyer's wife asks for justice after new report
After Britain-based research agency Forensic Architecture released its report on Kurdish human rights lawyer Tahir Elçi's killing, his wife, Türkan Elçi said Turkish authorities should investigate the murder suspects based on the report, news site Duvar reported on Saturday.
"Let's say, we were wrong about lack of justice and the rule of law in Turkey. A probe must be launched based on the report that has a judicial value, and the judiciary should surprise us," Türkan Elçi said on Twitter, adding that demanding justice is an incontestable right.
Elçi was shot dead while talking to reporters in Diyarbakır, the largest city in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast, on Nov. 28, 2015. Forensic Architecture's report shows three police officers on the scene were the most likely suspects of Elçi's killing. Just before the incident, three police officers were involved in a gunfight with people they later said were members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
Reconstructing the incident in a 3D digital model, Forensic Architecture conducted its investigation using video, documentary and testimonial evidence provided by the Diyarbakır Bar Association as well as other open source material. The research agency said two of the officers are seen to be firing in the direction of Elçi, while the third officer at one point at a line of fire at Elçi, despite being farther away, the report said. Thus, the report said those three officers should be questioned as suspects in Elçi's killing.
The head of Diyarbakır Bar Association, Cihan Aydın, said on Twitter that the report was prepared based on scientific data and the authorities should question the police officers and detain them.