Turkish president receives martyred jurist's parents

Mehmet Selim Kiraz was shot dead in 2015 after being taken hostage by far-left DHKP-C

Zafer Fatih Beyaz   | 08.04.2021
Turkish president receives martyred jurist's parents


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday received the parents of martyred prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz at the presidential complex in Ankara.

In a closed-door meeting with father Hakki Kiraz and mother Saadet Kiraz, Erdogan presented a copy of the holy Quran and the national flag to the family.

Turkey's Vice President Fuat Oktay was also present at the meeting.

In 2015, two far-left DHKP-C terrorists posing as lawyers took Mehmet Selim Kiraz hostage in his office at an Istanbul courthouse and shot him after hours of fruitless negotiations.

The DHKP-C is responsible for numerous terror attacks in Turkey including the 2013 attack on the US Embassy in Ankara, which left a Turkish security guard martyred and a Turkish journalist injured.

The far-left group is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU.

*Writing by Burak Dag

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