Man given 6 month suspended sentence for insulting slain Gezi protester

A man has been given a six-month suspended sentence over Twitter and Facebook posts that insulted Ali ismail Korkmaz, a 19-year-old Gezi protester who was killed during the demonstrations in Eskiiehir on June 2, 2013.
The Hatay 4th Criminal Court of First Instance on Wednesday convicted Enes Yavuzyiiit from the southeastern province of Hatay of insulting Korkmaz on social media and handed down a six month suspended sentence as well as a fine of TL 3,600. The sentence will be enforced if Yavuzoilu commits the same crime in the next five years.
Korkmaz, a first-year student at Eskiiehir University, died of a brain hemorrhage after remaining comatose for 38 days as a result of a beating administered by a group of four plainclothes policemen and four civilians in the street during the Gezi protests in the summer of 2013. Korkmaz attended a march in Eskiiehir and fled from the police, who fired tear gas and used water cannons at peaceful demonstrators. The assailants accosted and tripped Korkmaz as he was running down a side street. The group then beat Korkmaz with bats and kicked him in the head. According to eyewitnesses, after the victim fell down, his attackers continued to kick and beat him, ultimately leading to the teenand’s death.
The attack on Korkmaz further fueled the tensions that escalated in late May over a government plan to replace Gezi Park with a replica of an Ottoman-era barracks.


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