A Turkish policeman who shot dead a protester during last year’s anti-government demonstrations has been jailed for seven years and nine months after being found guilty of first-degree murder.
The sentence was slammed as too lenient by the victim’s family and there were protests inside and outside the court in Ankara.
The case was seen as a crucial test of the authorities’ willingness to prosecute police brutality in Turkey.
“This verdict is not acceptable. We will not accept any penalty other than a life sentence. Our struggle will continue. We will take the case to the court of appeal,” said Murat Yilmaz, a lawyer for the victim’s family.
The shooting was caught on camera. The court rejected claims that the policeman, Ahmet Şahbaz, had fired in self-defence.
26-year-old Ethem Sarısülük became the third protester to be killed by police during the protests.
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