Turkish police arrest three suspects in opposition mayor shooting

Turkish police on Saturday arrested three out of the 11 suspects detained in relation to shooting of a district mayor and his wife in southwestern Turkey, Evrensel newspaper reported.

The remaining eight suspects in shooting of main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) mayor from Burdur’s Yeşilova district, Mümtaz Şenel, and his wife, Fatma Şenel, were released on parole, it said.

Evren Erdem, the suspected instigator of the attack, and two others were placed in the Burdur Prison following proceedings at the prosecutor’s office.

Police searches in suspects’ homes revealed several guns, semi-automatic rifles and hunting rifles, as well as various sizes of ammunition, a statement by the province’s governorate said.

The three men will face charges of forming an armed criminal organisation, non-fatal shooting, trespassing, possession and abuse of drugs, and violating the Firearms and Electronic Communications Acts.

The couple was shot in their home on Monday.

Şenel was the opposition figure who first disclosed the Turkish government's plans to build a park around Lake Salda, which is the fifth cleanest lake in the world and the deepest in Turkey.

Since the development plans were revealed, environmentalists have rolled up sleeves to save the lake, known by Turks as the “Saldives” for its resemblance to beaches in the tropical Maldive Islands.