Teen surrenders in high-profile Turkish murder case

21st September 2009, Comments 0 comments

The police had come under fire for failing to catch the suspect amid widespread accusations that 17-year-old Cem Garipoglu's family, one of Turkey's richest, organised his escape and financed him in hiding.

Istanbul -- The teenage scion of a prominent Turkish business clan, wanted for the grisly murder of his girlfriend, surrendered to the police after months of public outrage, officials said Thursday.

The case has received unprecedented coverage in the Turkish media and prompted demonstrations since the victim's decapitated body and head were found dumped in a garbage container in March.

The police had come under fire for failing to catch the suspect amid widespread accusations that 17-year-old Cem Garipoglu's family, one of Turkey's richest, organised his escape and financed him in hiding.

Garipoglu, who studied in Europe and speaks several languages, met up with his lawyer at an Istanbul highway and surrendered to the police shortly after midnight, Istanbul Governor Muammer Guler said.

Garipoglu is accused of killing his girlfriend Munevver Karabulut just four days before her 18th birthday after taking her from school to his family's luxury villa in a posh Istanbul suburb.

The girl was stabbed several times and her head was cut off with a saw.

Her body and head were placed in a suitcase and a guitar case, which Garipoglu dumped in a garbage container in central Istanbul, according to the testimony of a taxi driver who took him there.

The motive behind the murder remains unclear.

The girl's father, who led a vocal campaign for Garipoglu's capture, has alleged his daughter may have been the victim of a Satanist ritual.

The Garipoglu family has been vilified for seeking to cover up the alleged crime after police established their villa was cleaned up after the murder, although blood traces remained.

The boy's father was arrested earlier.

Garipoglu was believed to have escaped abroad, but media reports said Thursday he spent the almost seven months since the murder in locations near Istanbul.

Television footage showed Garipoglu, who had grown a beard, being led out from a police station.

AFP/Expatica

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