Trial of Mete Sayar

In 2013, 23rd Gendarmerie Border Brigade Commander Mete Sayar, Görümlü 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion Commander retired Colonel Hasan Basri Vural, 3rd Company Team Commander First Lieutenant İbrahim Kıraç, Lieutenant Murat Ali Yıldız, Second Lieutenant Serdar Tekin of the Kayseri Airborne Brigade, and Tansel Erok of the 2nd Commando Battalion Command were charged with homicide with connection to the enforced disappearance of 6 people in the Görümlü village of the Şırnak province.  None of the defendants were detained during the trial that was transferred from Şırnak to Ankara due to alleged security reasons. On the 3 July 2015 hearing, the prosecutor asked that the defendants be acquitted due to lack of evidence. Without giving the legal representatives of the victims a chance to state their opposition to the prosecutor’s demand, the Ankara 9th Assize Court ruled for the acquittal of the defendants.

 

Case Start Date

05.11.2013

Court Name

Ankara 9th Assize Court

Indictment

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Defendants

23rd Gendarmerie Border Brigade Commander Mete Sayar, Görümlü 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion Commander retired Colonel Hasan Basri Vural, 3rd Company Team Commander First Lieutenant İbrahim Kıraç, Lieutenant Murat Ali Yıldız, Second Lieutenant Serdar Tekin connected to the Kayseri Airborne Brigade and Tansel Erok from the 2nd Commando Battalion Command

Victims

Şemdin Cülaz, İbrahim Akıl, Mehmet Salih Demirhan, Halit Özdemir, Hamdo Şimşek and Hükmet Şimşek

Related ECHR Decisions

Case of Cülaz and Others v. Turkey (in French)

Case of Cülaz and Others v. Turkey -Revision- (in French)

 

Documents

Legal Opinion of The Public Prosecutor About The Charges on The Merits and The Records of The Main Trial

Videos

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