World Bulletin/News Desk
The Supreme Court of Appeals has reversed a local court's ruling on the grounds that the court should have considered tear gas spray a weapon in its ruling. The İstanbul 7th Court of First Instance heard a case concerning an incident in which a person identified as M.Y. injured an individual by using tear gas spray during a recent fight in İstanbul's Tuzla district. The court sentenced M.Y. to 120 days in prison on charges of intentionally causing bodily harm but later converted the sentence to a punitive fine.
The lawyer of the person injured by M.Y. filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of Appeals against the court's ruling. The 3rd Chamber of the Supreme Court of Appeals hearing the case reversed the court's decision on the grounds that tear gas spray should have been treated as a weapon.
The 3rd Chamber ordered that the suspect be retried under Paragraph 2, Article 86 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK), which covers the offense of bodily harm and says that anyone who intentionally causes harm or pain to another using a weapon may be sentenced to imprisonment of between four months and one year.
The use of tear gas has become an issue of heated debate due to the excessive use of tear gas by the police against protesters during the nationwide Gezi protests that erupted in İstanbul in May.
A small group of environmentalists began a sit-in protest at Gezi Park in the heart of İstanbul in late May, attempting to block the government's plan to build an Ottoman-style barracks on the park. Following a heavy-handed police crackdown on the peaceful protesters, thousands took to the streets and rallies spread across Turkey. Five people, including a policeman, have died and more than 5,000 have been injured in the clashes, according to a Turkish rights group.Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Ağustos 2013, 13:49