World Bulletin / News Desk
A prosecutor has demanded up to 58 years' imprisonment for the prime suspect in the shooting of famous singer İbrahim Tatlıses.
Tatlıses, a Kurdish singer from Şanlıurfa extremely popular in Turkey, Greece and the Middle East, miraculously survived the attack in March 2011, in which 11 bullets were fired from the assailant's rifle. Four of the bullets hit him in the head. He underwent a number of operations after the attack, and has recovered almost fully, but his left hand remains paralyzed.
Public prosecutor Seyfettin Atıcı recently demanded a prison sentence ranging from 30 years to 58 years for prime suspect Abdullah Uçmak, accusing him of being the leader of an illegal organization, instigating a murder and being in possession of unlicensed gun.
An indictment, which was prepared last year by the İstanbul Prosecutor's Office, named 12 suspects, nine of whom are currently under arrest. The indictment accused Uçmak of having solicited Ersin Altuni, the suspected hitman, to stage an attack on Tatlıses. The prosecution has established that Altun was trained in the PKK's Makhmour camp in northern Iraq.
Possible PKK involvement in the shooting had been suspected since the first day after the attack. An email message from Ruşen Mahmutoğlu, a PKK-affiliated lawyer, was found on Uçmak's computer, accusing Tatlıses of standing too close to the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) politically. In fact, Tatlıses had agreed to run as a nominee for the AK Party in the 2011 general elections, but the AK Party decided not to nominate him as his health situation remained unclear after the attack.
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