Officers face jail time over teen murder case

June 11, 2010, Friday/ 16:59:00
A public prosecutor has demanded three years’ imprisonment for six police officers, citing dereliction of duty. The officers allegedly took $7,000 they found while searching the villa where the murder of Münevver Karabulut took place.

Karabulut was murdered in March 2009. Her decapitated body was found in a trash container. Her boyfriend, Cem Garipoğlu, a member of a well-known family in Turkey, has confessed to killing her and faces 18 to 24 years in prison because he was a minor at the time of the murder.

According to the Sabah daily, the officers did not record the money they found in the house during the search and erased security camera footage of the Garipoğlu family’s house which potentially contained evidence, such as who was at the house that night. The officers are accused of not examining the footage sufficiently. Three officials in the building complex where the villa is located are also facing five years in prison for destroying, concealing and manipulating evidence.

Karabulut’s father, Süreyya Karabulut, alleged that Garipoğlu had escaped only minutes before the police showed up at the murder scene and claimed that the building officials, the police officers and the Garipoğlu family had entered into an agreement and that evidence had been obscured. Karabulut then filed a court case and sought the help of the public prosecutor’s office.

The Küçükçekmece Public Prosecutor’s Office has completed its investigation into Karabulut’s allegations and a court case addressing the incident is pending. The first hearing is scheduled for Oct. 18, 2010.

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