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Turkey Issues 53 Life Sentences against Perpetrator of Reyhanli Attack

Turkey Issues 53 Life Sentences against Perpetrator of Reyhanli Attack

Tuesday, 27 November, 2018 - 10:45
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (Reuters)
Ankara - Saeed Abdul Razek
Turkish public prosecutors on Monday demanded 53 aggravated life sentences for Yusuf Nazik, a key plotter in the 2013 Reyhanli attack, which left 52 people dead and dozens injured.

Those injured in the attack and relatives of the victims attended the hearing at the ninth Heavy Criminal Court in the capital Ankara, where the attorney of the plotter Nazik was not present.

Nazik was brought from Syria's port city of Latakia, a stronghold of the Bashar Assad regime, to Turkey by the National Intelligence Agency (MİT) agents on September 12 and was sent to an Ankara court under strict safety measures.

The prosecutor asked the court to hand Nazik the sentence on charges of "destroying the state's unity and integrity" and "intentional killing.”

The next hearing in Nazik’s trial will be on February 14.

Separately President Recep Tayyib Erdogan criticized, during a symposium on international drug policies and public health in Istanbul, the international media’s double standards, citing how it reports news on Turkey.

He noted how it negatively reported the May 2013 developments related to Istanbul’s Gezi Park in Taksim square, while remaining silent over the current “terrorist” acts taking place in Paris.

“Didn’t the international media constantly report about the Gezi Park developments and now, there are terror acts in Paris. Does any of the media report this? No, the whole world is silent on Paris. Why? Because it does not want to tarnish France’s image,” he explained.

“Whether you want to or not, the world is watching the events in Paris,” he continued.

Since November 17, France has witnessing protests, by the “yellow vest” movement, against President Emmanuel Macron’s policies.

The demonstrations spiraled into unrest, leaving over 750 people, including 136 security guards, injured.

The 10 days of unrest, which on Saturday left some Parisian boulevards transformed into battlefields, hit Macron as he sought to counter a sharp decline in popularity.

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