Diyarbakır girl Ceylan not killed by mortar shell, report finds
The cause of death of a 14-year-old girl killed by an unidentified weapon fired from an unknown location overlooking the village of Şenlik was not a mortar shell, according to a report released yesterday by the Diyarbakır Police Department’s criminal investigation laboratory.
ustice Minister Sadullah Ergin also commented on the investigation yesterday, stating that he didn’t think it was possible to make a healthy assessment of the situation before the investigation was completed. “However, our prosecutors are carrying out a very serious investigation,” he said. He also said that the culprit would most certainly be found, assuring the public that the officials would not allow a cover-up.
The Turkish Doctors’ Union (TTB) released a statement yesterday, vowing to monitor the investigation closely. The TTB’s statement yesterday recalled the allegations that Önkol was killed by a blast that ripped her stomach open as she was tending her sheep. “What do you feel about children’s deaths? How can a society put up with such pain? How can it remain silent?” the statement asked.
13 October 2009, Tuesday
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