November 27, 2017
Turkish government has covered up the killing of Tahir Elçi, a Kurdish lawyer, human rights activist and the chairman of Diyarbakır Bar Association, who was killed in front of journalists, cameras and police officers 2 years ago. According to a report by Gazete Duvar online news outlet on Sunday, there is still no progress in investigation on the killing of Elçi.
Tahir Elçi was assassinated in the Sur district of Diyarbakır on November 28, 2015. He was shot once in the head while giving a press statement beside the “Four-legged Minaret” of the Sheikh Matar Mosque calling for an end to violence in Turkey’s Kurdish dominated southeast.
Elçi was detained several times and received death threats after saying the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) should not be regarded as a terrorist organisation. In October 2015, Elçi was detained by Turkish authorities on charges of disseminating “terrorist propaganda” on behalf of the PKK.
Two years have passed since Elçi was killed in front of the Dört Ayaklı Minare in Sur district on November 28, 2015. Three prosecutors have been changed so far in the investigation launched for the murder of Elçi, and no progress has been made to unveil the dark points behind the murder. There is no one in the investigation who has been pronounced as neither a perpetrator nor a suspect.