Turkish police officer faces jail over tear gas misuse

The image of Ceyda Sungur being sprayed as she strolled across a central square in a red summer dress was shared endlessly on social networking sites.

Turkish police officer faces jail over tear gas misuse

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Turkish policeman who sprayed a woman in the face with tear gas faces prosecution and a jail term of up to three years, a legal source said on Wednesday.

An indictment accused police officer Fatih Zengin of using excessive force by spraying the woman from less than a metre away even though she had not been engaged in any provocative acts, Turkish media reports said.

The image of Ceyda Sungur, an academic at Istanbul Technical University, being sprayed as she strolled across a central square in a red summer dress, bag over shoulder, was shared endlessly on social networking sites and depicted on stickers and posters at protest camps.

June's protests began as a peaceful demonstration against plans to redevelop the Gezi Park in Istanbul's Taksim district, but escalated into an unprecedented show of defiance against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government after police used tear gas and water cannon to try to clear the site.

At least seven people, including a police officer, were killed in unrest which spread to cities around the country.

Erdogan blamed the unrest on a foreign-backed conspiracy.

The prosecutor in the "lady in red" case was seeking dismissal for the officer and a prison term of up to three years on the grounds that no warning was issued prior to the incident, the legal source said.

Last Mod: 16 Ocak 2014, 11:05
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