Members of the Şenyaşar family, who have been demanding justice for three of their relatives murdered by people connected to a lawmaker from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), have called on new Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ for a fair and effective legal procedure in their case, the Stockholm Center for Freedom reported citing the Mezapotamya news agency on Monday.
The Şenyaşar family reiterated their demand for a fair trial and effective investigation of the incidents.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan appointed former Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ as Turkey’s new justice minister, replacing Abdülhamit Gül on Friday.
Emine Şenyaşar and her son began a sit-in in March and have continued their protest for 329 days in front of the Şanlıurfa Courthouse in southeastern Turkey, demanding justice for their family members.
The leader of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, visited the family at the courthouse in December. Speaking to the press next to Emine Şenyaşar, the mother of some of the victims, Kılıçdaroğlu said this wasn’t an ordinary case.
Emine’s husband, Esvet Şenyaşar, and two of their sons, Adil and Celal, were brutally murdered on June 14, 2018 in Şanlıurfa province.
They were initially attacked in their store and taken to a hospital. However, they were followed by the family of AKP deputy İbrahim Halil Yıldız to the hospital, where they were ultimately murdered. Eight more people were injured during clashes between the two groups. An older brother of Yıldız was also killed.
According to Ferit Şenyaşar, bullets from 17 different guns were retrieved from the body of one of his brothers.
Two Şenyaşar brothers, Ferit and Fadıl, who were injured but survived, were later detained, and Fadıl Şenyaşar was arrested. However, none of Yıldız’s relatives or his bodyguards were detained despite the fact that three people had died.
Only 15 months later, on September 18, 2020, was Yıldız’s older brother Enver Yıldız arrested.
The Yıldız family claimed the Kurdish Şenyaşar family had links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and that they had been victims of terrorism.