Turkish police claimed on Friday that Murat A., an 18-year-old Kurdish man who was detained at a checkpoint in Antalya’s Gazipaşa district, “committed suicide by jumping from a third floor window of the local police station,” the Turkish media reported.
According to a report by the Diken news portal, a unit under the Gazipaşa District Gendarmerie Command stopped a passenger bus coming from the mostly Kurdish-populated Southeast at a checkpoint and detained M.A. after an ID check.
M.A. was referred to court after processing by the gendarmerie and then was deposed at the prosecutor’s office. Later, he was turned over to the Alanya Police Department counterterrorism unit. M.A. was taken to the Gazipaşa Police Station from the courthouse, and police claim he jumped out of a window on the third floor at 6 p.m. yesterday. M.A.’s body has been taken to the Antalya Council of Forensic Medicine for an autopsy.
The lawyer representing the family of the Kurdish man reportedly said that there is suspicion that M.A. was executed and the death made to look like a suicide.
“The police say that Murat A. jumped from a third floor window. But, we are not sure this is what happened. Even if he did, then there is a negligence. Why did he do that? To what end? An autopsy is now being performed,” the lawyer said.
“Investigations into the incident are ongoing, and an assessment will be made after the investigations are completed,” Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said in Parliament on Saturday when Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Filiz Kerestecioğlu brought the issue to the agenda.