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Assistant lecturer Dr. Burak Unveren, who lost his eye after being hit by a gas bomb by the police in Besiktas, filed a criminal complaint against the prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the home secretary Muammer Guler, the governor of Istanbul Huseyin Avni Mutlu and the provincial chief of police Huseyin Capkin.
ISTANBUL – After having lost an eye due to a pepper gas thrown by the police in Besiktas, the assistant lecturer Dr Burak Unveren of the Economics Faulty at Yildiz Technical University filed a criminal complaint, accusing the prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the home secretary Muammer Guler, the governor of Istanbul Huseyin Avni Mutlu, the provincial chief of police Huseyin Capkin and the police force of “attempting murder intentionally”. The report stated: “This lethal and illicit police violence that exercised terror on the civilians could have been prevented if the prime minister and the home secretary were to intervene. This situation indicates that these suspects are joint perpetrators”. It is understood that on Saturday 110 people, two days ago 76 people and yesterday another 60 people were escorted to the Istanbul Police Department.
The official report, filed yesterday by the lawyers Ayhan Erdogan and Ilkay Bahcetepe at the Istanbul Attorney Generalship, mentioned that with his glasses on, Unveren left his house at around 22:00 on June 1st to walk to Besiktas alone, and got heavily wounded due to a pepper gas shell that hit him in the eye. Unveren has now lost the ability of vision on his left eye, and may do so also on his right eye. The report said that Unveren “had displayed no aggressive behaviour against the police or carried any harmful weapons. Still, he became the direct target of a pepper gas shell, deliberately aimed to hit him in the face”. It argued that the police responsible for this attack committed a crime. The report said that no one can claim it to be a lawful exercise of authority by the police who threw these gas bombs into pastry shops and even residential houses, and that “it is impossible to talk of a proportionate intervention – police stormed terror upon civilians”.
The report also mentioned the heavy use of plastic bullets, and underlined that the police violence which “lethally trespassed the law and created terror on the public could have been stopped by the prime minister and the home secretary only if they were to intervene”. It is argued that this position leaves these subjects as joint perpetrators of the crime.