Thanks to a recent directive issued by the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) that allows prosecutors to scan the gendarmerie command’s fingerprint database, prosecutors may be able to find the perpetrators of unsolved murders committed between 1993 and 1996 in the so-called “death triangle” areas of Sapanca, Hendek and Düzce.
The Sapanca Prosecutor’s Office, which has been conducting investigations into murders committed within the “death triangle” since 1994, will now be able compare fingerprints found at the murder scenes during that period with those taken by authorities when issuing passports, gun permits and driver’s licenses. With the latest development, prosecutors are also allowed to check the fingerprint records of the Gendarmerie General Command as well.
This was made possible after a recent directive issued by the HSYK on the procedures and fundamentals of judicial investigations. The directive calls for scanning the OPTES (the fingerprint database of the gendarmerie command) and AFİS (the fingerprint database of the National Police Department) databases to aid prosecutors in their investigations.
With the newfound permission to utilize fingerprint databases, prosecutors have re-opened about 1,100 unsolved murder cases, including those involving the “death triangle.” The victims were mostly Kurdish businessman, including Behçet Cantürk, whose body was found dumped near the TEM highway in Sapanca along with that of his brother, Recep Kuzucu, in 1994. Other victims murdered in the area include Savaş Buldan, Hacı Karay, Adnan Yıldırım, Medet Serhat and Fevzi Aslan.
Former special ops police officer Ayhan Çarkın, who is currently in prison, recently confessed to these and other murders committed by the deep state -- mafia-like structures inside the state hierarchy.
Prosecutors hope that a number of unsolved murders, political or not, could be solved by comparing fingerprints found at the crime scenes to those taken during issuing passports, driver’s licenses and gun permits. Previously, Turkish citizens did not have to provide their fingerprints for any of these procedures.