The prosecutor was investigating the death of a teenager, 15-year-old Berkin Elvan, who was hit by a police gas canister fired during nationwide anti-government protests in 2013. The revolutionary group demands include a “live” confession by the police officers suspected of killing Berkin Elvan, the prosecution of the officers responsible in a “people’s court,” the acquittal of all people being tried for participation in solidarity rallies for Elvan, as well as other requests. Berkin Elvan became a nationwide symbol for the culture of violence and impunity enjoyed by the police force in Turkey. However, regarding the actual action of DHKP-C, Berkin Elvan’s father demanded the release of the prosecutor. “My son died, but another person should not die” he said. Special forces arrived at the Caglayacan courthouse and entered the building. It’s not clear what happened and if the hostage was released.
The Turkish prosecutor who has been taken hostage in Istanbul courthouse died of wounds by gunshots during the operation launched by the Turkish special teams on Tuesday evening.The prosecutor has been hit by three gunshots in his head and two in his body. The security forces decided to intervene when the gunshots were heard,