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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, 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]


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  1. The father will most likely get away with it, unfortunately.

    first honour killing? Although this sense of honour is quite perverted.

    Posted by: ousslander | Sep 8, 2009 10:47:13 AM

  2. his account is still up on Facebook.

    Posted by: cd | Sep 8, 2009 12:11:39 PM

  3. How twisted humans are!!! Being gay is wrong but killing your own blood is not?

    Posted by: Carlos | Sep 8, 2009 12:27:03 PM

  4. I'm from Germany and there's very little reporting on gay topics in the mainstream media.

    I did see an Interview with the victims boyfriend who said it's unfortunateley very common for Turkish families to get rid of/kill homosexual children/family members, as is killing female members who disgrace their family by not obeying to forced marriages or are in relationships with non-turkish men, drink alcohol or "behave slutty", all while it's every man's right to be promiscuous and so on.

    FYI: Cologne is like the german San Francisco.

    By the way, I have to allow 20 SCRIPTS! in order to post a comment, Towleroad is damn slow.

    Posted by: Max | Sep 8, 2009 12:58:48 PM

  5. Is there a worse crime than killing your own child?

    Posted by: David R. | Sep 8, 2009 3:05:28 PM

  6. What hell this man must live in having killed his own son.

    Posted by: GaryS | Sep 8, 2009 9:16:43 PM

  7. R.I.P.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Sep 9, 2009 4:21:16 AM

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