US faces moral test over Furkan's death: Turkish lawyer

Arıtürk said he would request that US officials appeal to the International Criminal Court for this “crime against humanity.”

US faces moral test over Furkan's death: Turkish lawyer

World Bulletin / News Desk

The lawyer of the youngest Mavi Marmara victim, Furkan Doğan, who was shot dead by Israeli commandos on May 31 last year, said Doğan's death will be a moral test for the US and show whether the country's perception of law changes based on the ethnic roots and beliefs of citizens.

Lawyer Ramazan Arıtürk, who is in the US with Furkan's father, Ahmet Doğan, to observe first-hand the ongoing investigations regarding Furkan's death, told reporters in Washington on Tuesday that he had talks with the advisers of Senator John Kerry and Representative Barbara Lee and that he will also talk to officials at the White House and the justice and state departments.

Arıtürk said he would request that US officials appeal to the International Criminal Court for this "crime against humanity."

Doğan said at a panel discussion at Georgetown University on Tuesday that the US Embassy in Ankara called him only twice to express condolences and report on the matter, noting that when he asked embassy officials about investigations in the US, they just tell him that the embassy has still not received an autopsy report from Turkish authorities.

"I came to the US to see if Furkan's case is treated the same as those of other American citizens," Doğan said.

Doğan accused the US government of covering up the incident and he said nothing has been done regarding the death of his son.

 

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