In the Metin Lokumcu Case, the footage of the incident was shown to the accused police

Retired teacher Metin Lokumcu, who had a heart attack during the events that took place before and after the Hopa rally on May 31, 2011, during the prime ministership of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, died in the hospital he was taken to. Within the scope of the investigation carried out by the Hopa Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, an indictment was prepared against 13 police officers, including the then Provincial Police Chief Muhsin Armağan, on charges of ‘causing death by negligence’, demanding prison terms of up to 6 years. The indictment was accepted by the Hopa Criminal Court of First Instance. The first hearing of the lawsuit filed after 10 years regarding the death of retired teacher Metin Lokumcu was held at the Trabzon 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance. However, the file, in which the court gave a decision of non-jurisdiction, considering the current evidence, was sent to the Trabzon 2nd High Criminal Court.


After the decision of non-jurisdiction, the second hearing on Lokumcu’s death was held today at the Trabzon 2nd High Criminal Court. to the trial; Metin Lokumcu’s wife and relatives and lawyers of the accused and the complainant attended. President of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations Erinç Sağkan, representatives of the bar associations of some provinces, as well as CHP deputies Sezgin Tanrıkulu and Orhan Sarıbal, Gülizar Biçer Karaca, Ahmet Kaya and Zeynep Altıok Akatlı, HDP MPs Züleyha Gülüm, Oya Ersoy and Murat Çepni, Turkish Workers Party İstanbul MP ​​Sera Kadıgil Sütlü and Fındıklı Mayor Ercüment Çervatoğlu also followed suit.


Bayram Ali Kaş, Mehmet Seyfettin Uzun, İlhami Çalı, Haktan Yakıcı, Fatih Ünlü, Erol Darcan, Tayfun Vardarlı, Taner Ballı, Sinan Eyyupoğlu, Saim Baktimur and Recep Aydın was present at the hearing. The other defendants Muhsin Armağan, Muhammet Ulaşlı and Taner Ballı did not attend the hearing by making excuses.

At the hearing, where 4 of the 13 accused police officers were heard, the court refused the request of bar associations and non-governmental organizations to participate in the file.

In his defense, former Hopa District Police Chief Fatih Ünlü, who was one of the defendants pending trial, said that he found it sad that the incident in which Metin Lokumcu lost his life, and that he went to the area upon the order of the Hopa District Governor of the period, after the announcements that a group had started an incident in Cumhuriyet Square. Explaining the day of the incident and noting that he wanted the real responsible people to be at the hearing, Ünlü stated that the group, which they had warned with announcements, was intervened by the order of the Hopa District Governor of the period, after they did not disperse. Claiming that Metin Lokumcu went to the ambulance on foot and that there were no signs of force or beating on him, Ünlü demanded his acquittal.


Haktan Yakıcı, one of the police officers, claimed that he was an officer in the Riot Department of the Erzincan Provincial Security Directorate at the time and was assigned to Hopa for the rally, and that brick and stone materials were thrown at them from the construction site by the group. Yakıcı, who demanded his acquittal, said, “I intervened with gas from across the road. I used gas at the instruction of my superiors. I think I am innocent.” Saim Baktimur, one of the riot police, did not accept the accusations and said, “Nobody was injured by the gas I fired. I have never met Metin Lokumcu in any way, I do not know him, I demand my acquittal.”


During the hearing, the video footage recorded at the time of the incident from different angles was also shown to the defendants. The trial will continue with the rest of the defendants being heard tomorrow.

Source: Cumhuriyet Gazetesi – Güncel by

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