Police officer who injured Gezi protester in eye to be searched for until 2028
Prosecutors have ordered that a police officer who injured a protester during last yearâs Gezi demonstrations in Ankara be searched for until 2028, the time limit of the statute of limitations for the crime.
Mustafa NamlÄ± sustained permanent damage to his left-eye after being hit by a police tear gas canister during protests on June 1, 2013, in Ankaraâs KÄ±zÄ±lay Square.
Upon NamlÄ±âs testimony, the prosecution had requested images filmed in the surroundings of KÄ±zÄ±lay Square from the police department, but all the footage sent was incomplete.
The prosecutor in charge of the case, Mehmet BaÅer, ordered then a 14-year search.
âAs there is a 15-year statute of limitations period in the law regarding the alleged crime, it has been decided to issue a permanent search order until the statute of limitation on June 2, 2028,â the prosecutorâs decision stated.
Prosecutors also stated that the police department issued an order to ârigorously searchâ for the officer responsible for firing the tear gas canister, though lawyers representing NamlÄ± criticized the prosecution for failing to meticulously probe police violence.
âThese investigations usually drag on, as police department officials usually state that the camera were not working at the exact time when the victimsâ injuries occur,â lawyer Saliha Åahin said, adding that the prosecutor has closed the file until the suspect is found.
In many investigations, including those into the killing of Gezi protesters Ali Ä°smail Korkmaz and Berkin Elvan, camera footage was initially said to be lost or non-existent. They then surfaced as the investigations...