Turkish Man Goes on Trial for 'Honor Killing' of Gay Son
In July 2008, I posted about Ahmet Yildiz (above, left, with his German-Turkish boyfriend Ibrahim Can), a gay man and also the victim of Turkey's first suspected "honor killing". His father, who is still on the run, has now gone on trial, in absentia, for the murder:
"Yahya Yildiz, 49...is accused of shooting his 26-year-old son Ahmet in June 2008 after the latter told him about his relationship with a man from Cologne in Germany. Human rights organisations were monitoring the start of the case after complaints were made that Turkish courts did not make enough effort to prosecute in cases where homosexuals were murdered. Ibrahim Can, the victim's boyfriend, demanded that those who had helped the murderer also be prosecuted. But, he said, 'my expectations from the trial are minimal'. The prosecution claims the family had not accepted the son's homosexuality. Ahmet, who was about to complete his training as a physics teacher, had been threatened as a result. The father had hired a car for the murder, which was seen at the scene of the crime. His mobile phone records showed that he was in the area where the murder took place, the prosecution said."
Gay Man Victim of Suspected 'Honor Killing' in Turkey [tr]