Court upholds acquittal of 18 defendands tried for murders of the 1990s

Ankara 1st Heavy Penal Court acquitted 18 defendants, including Mehmet Ağar and Korkut Eken in the case of 18 killings of the 1990s, on the grounds that "the defendants were not proven to have committed the crime."

The Ankara 1st Heavy Penal Court upheld the statute of limitations and acquittal rulings in the case of unsolved murders of the 1990s in Ankara.

According to a report by Asuman Aranca from T24, the court ruled that the statute of limitations had expired for the murders of Abdulmecit Baskın and Behçet Cantürk, while it found the acquittal decision to be justified for the other murders in the case.

In December 2013, an indictment was issued concerning the perpetrators of some unsolved murders in the 1990s.

According to the indictment, the defendants were accused of the murders of a number of people, including Kurdish politicians, Kurdish businessmen, lawyers. 

The defendants were tried at the Ankara 1st Heavy Penal Court for the crime of "murder within the scope of the activities of an armed organization formed to commit crimes."

The verdict, delivered in December 2019, saw the acquittal of all defendants, including Mehmet Ağar (former Director General of Public Security, former Elazığ MP and former Minister of Interior and Minister of Justice) and Korkut Eken (a former military officer and National Intelligence Organization agent) were acquitted. 

The case will be taken to the Court of Cassation.