The Naim Kurt Case

During 1993, about 60 villagers from the evacuated and burnt down village of Kızılağaç (administratively connected to Muş) went back to their village to get what remained of their material belongings but were detained by the Kızılağaç Gendarmerie Command and taken to the Muş Province Gendarmerie Regiment Command Post. Having endured aggravated torture for three days, some were released afterwards. However, Mahmut Acar, Ali Can Öner, Yakup Tetik and Mehmet Emin Bingöl remained detained in the Regiment Command Post. Then later in 1993, on November the 6th, 1993 Mahmut Acar’s, Ali Can Öner’s, Yakup Tetik’s and Mehmet Emin Bingöl’s bodies were found near a water trench not far from the Muş Province Gendarmerie Regiment Command Post.

Twenty years later, just one day before the expiration of the time limit regulated within the statute of limitation, the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in Van, in their criminal charge concerning the event, blamed the Muş Gendarmerie Regiment Commander Naim Kurt with ‘’killing more than one persons intentionally and for the same purpose, inciting the public to rebellion and attempting to kill one another and forming an entity with the purpose of committing crimes’’ and asked that he be tried in court on these grounds.

The case which started in Van’s 6th High Penal Court was forwarded to the High Penal Court in Muş following the closing down of courts with special jurisdiction. During the hearing, Naim Kurt defended himself in his testimony by arguing that at the time, not he, but Savaş Aksoy was the Regiment Commander and that he was the aide to the commander. Then in the hearing held on November 28, 2014 the prosecutor in his opinion as to the accusations said that due to the inability to determine whether Naim Kurt was the regiment commander or not, asked for acquittal. The case ended up with acquittal in the next hearing held on December 22, 2014.

Case Start Date

15.01.2014

Court Name

High Penal Court of Muş

Defendants

Muş Gendarmerie Regiment Commander Naim Kurt

Victims

Mahmut Acar, Ali Can Öner, Yakup Tetik and Mehmet Emin Bingöl

Sentence

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