Turkey fined for stray bullet that killed passer-by

12th March 2013, Comments 0 comments

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday fined Turkey for the death of a passer-by who was killed by a stray bullet during a demonstration in support of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) eight years ago.

The Strasbourg-based court ordered Ankara to pay 80,000 euros ($105,000) to Abdullah Aydan's family, saying that even though the police had fired into the air, it was not clear that the force used to disperse the protesters "had been necessary".

The court also noted that the legal proceedings had lasted more than seven years.

Aydan was fatally wounded while waiting for a bus on the fringes of a demonstration in the southeastern town of Eruh in September 2005.

He died after sustaining a bullet wound to the head as police fired shots from a military jeep to try to disperse the crowd that was demonstrating in support of jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan.

The PKK, which took up arms in its campaign for autonomy in southeast Turkey in 1984, is branded a terrorist group by Ankara and its Western allies. More than 40,000 people, mostly Kurds, have died in the conflict.

© 2013 AFP

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