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Father gets life imprisonment for murdering gay son in Turkey

Monday, February 10, 2014

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — In a landmark Turkish case, a man who murdered his son because he was gay and “shaming” the family, has been convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to life in prison.

The case that lasted nearly two years was closed Monday when a Diyarbakır Criminal Court for Aggravated Crimes convicted Metin Çiçek and two uncles – Şeyhmus Çiçek and Mehmet Alican Çiçek – for the murder Roşin Çiçek.

TurkeyRoşin, 17, was found wounded on July 2, 2012; he died two days later.

The court rejected Metin Çiçek’s defense that he killed his son “by accident.”

The murdered adolescent’s uncles received a life imprisonment sentence each.

The court was packed with LGBT and human rights organizations, Turkish media as well as prominent opposition party members of the Turkish parliament.

During the court hearing, members of the Çiçek family threatened that “if anyone gets convicted in this case, we will kill everyone who is here, the lawyers, and the members of parliament.”

Çiçek family members also reportedly hurled anti-gay slurs and attacked several LGBT rights advocates in the courtroom; three people received minor injuries.

Local advocacy group Hevi LGBTI documented that two gay people from Diyarbakır were also attacked.

As a result police claimed that they could not “guarantee the security” of LGBT rights advocates, who were then forced out of court.

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Sezgin Tanrikulu, Vice President of Turkey’s Republican People’s Party (CHP) demanded that the government legislate against hate crimes and discrimination against LGBT people.

“To ensure that other Roşin Çiçek-like murders do not happen, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and all political institutions, non-governmental organizations, and public opinion leaders must fulfill their responsibilities,” said Tanrikulu. “Otherwise, they are partners to hate crimes.”

Ömer Akpınar, Media Coordinator of Turkey’s main LGBT advocacy group Kaos GL, told LGBTQ Nation that he welcomed the ruling: “Although the murder was not defined as a hate crime, we hope that the decision will be an example for other homophobic and transphobic hate crimes.”

Akpınar added that the international community and human rights organizations must “pressure on Turkey to recognize and protect the rights of its LGBTI people.”

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  1. Good, stupid bastard deserved what he got for taking his own son’s life. Hope he got disowned from the entire family.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:14am
  2. Yeha, maybe....but the sad thing is that the whole culture is under the same mind set.....Religious "fanatics" are a curse to any society !

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:21am
  3. Have major issues with religion now. Just can't seem to tolerate or trust it anymore. Not if they're going to abuse the name of an all powerful God or being while thumping a bible and misquoting things left and right.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:23am
  4. Religious "fanatics" in Turkey are a rare thing. Istanbul is an amazingly free and open city.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:26am
  5. So in other words, daddy dearest went off the deep end royally.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:30am
  6. justice

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:14am
  7. Good, let him rot there.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:15am
  8. Hope he gets gang raped every day he’s in prison.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:15am
  9. why?

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:52am
  10. You're kidding..right?

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 7:17am
  11. This is fucked up. Rape is not a form of justice - not once, not ever.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 7:51am
  12. never normalize rape as some important act.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 7:51am
  13. OMG!!! So speechless… :,-(

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:15am
  14. … but if it was his daughter, it would be nbd.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:16am
  15. THE FATHER IS INSANE AND DEVILS MINION.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:16am
  16. WTF Is Wrong With people

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:16am
  17. Good

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:16am
  18. That’s just sad..

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:16am
  19. hope he gets raped in prison by other men…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:17am
  20. This is fucking discusting, I hope his father hangs himself in jail for the shame he has bought upon himself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:17am
  21. good. its only manslaughter but its a start. its still life in prison

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:17am
  22. Good! Now that father needs to b gang-raped by a bunch of male inmates.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:17am
  23. You sicko.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:19am
  24. how is that going to help ANYTHING?

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:51am
  25. It will make things EVEN!!! Gloria you and Andrea need to go and lay down somewhere! You're both insane!

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 8:49am
  26. I’m sorry for the young gay guy who was murdering by his father……I guess Jail and for life the good place for his father.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:17am
  27. GOOD… HIS SON IS STILL HUMAN

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:17am
  28. so gay shames them but a murder doesnt .

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:18am
  29. U gotta be fucking kidding ! I’ll be going all the way to turkey and kill that motherfucker homophobic dad ! he just kill a person and his OWN son ,

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:18am
  30. Good.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:18am
  31. Make that man suffer! Anyone killing their child for being unreasonable should get punished.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:18am
  32. There has been lots of ppl who have killed their own children. My godsister nearly got killed by her stepdad since she was about 3

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:21am
  33. I know. This year I seen about 7 incidents about people killing their children or by making them suffer before death. This is heart breaking and sad. Children are innocent no point taking a life of a child even an adult that wanted his parents support. This is just making me tear.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:28am
  34. First thought would be…why didnt they give him the same that he showed his son??? Death.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:19am
  35. Only manslaughter? At least it comes with life.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:19am
  36. And I was just talking about traveling to turkey.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:19am
  37. Good.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:19am
  38. Poor man…..blame the cultures mind set though…..!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:19am
  39. Effing ghastly…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:20am
  40. Let Him Rot In Jail

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:20am
  41. As disgusting as this is, wishing sexual assault on him is just horrible. Yes he’s a scumbag but wishing r*** is disgraceful, I thought you people better knew better.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:21am
  42. "You people" - How f-cking dare you.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:11am
  43. I did not mean it in an offensive manner, dont assume Im trying to insult others.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:14am
  44. I have to agree. We're becoming pretty low

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:25am
  45. a young person was murdered.. that was the sad thing as well as a family being torn apart because they could not love their child. Being Gay is not a choice killing someone is. i would not wish any more suffering be placed on this family, they will suffer for a long time to come without any help form us. a young life was wasted,, that id a loss that cannot be undone.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:33am
  46. Good…hope he rots in there!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:21am
  47. That’s really disgusting, every one that’s wishing rape or suicide for this man, that’s just disgusting. What he did was completely disturbing and terrible he diserves life in prision. But wishing that terrible fate on him…..You’re stooping to his level and that’s not what we should be doing.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:22am
  48. Ashton, you're one stupid, moronic f*ck!!! The father killed his child. There's nothing you can ever say that can paint a "positive light" on this. So, shut the f*ck up with stupid sh*t!!!

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 8:48am
  49. ^ You're a fucking idiot. Ashton is correct.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:55am
  50. Speak for yourself Ric Bussey.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:16pm
  51. Chet - please seek therapy. That is not a civil level of discourse. In addition, you clearly were unable to read what Ashton wrote, so literacy might be another thing into which to look.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:41pm
  52. Good!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:22am
  53. So” said,,,,he needs to be fuck by the biggest dick In prison.. .UGLY bitch……. :”(

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:22am
  54. The fact he was gay is less important as the fact HE KILLED HIS SON! Hello! It doesn’t matter why… he still KILLED HIS SON….what a monster.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:23am
  55. The father and uncles got what they deserved for killing the teenager. Rest of family making threats should be put behind bars also.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:23am
  56. Death penalty please!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:24am
  57. Good he deserves that at least!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:24am
  58. But I thought heterosexuals were the best parents!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:24am
  59. haha I see what you did there.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:38am
  60. :’(

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:25am
  61. Okay, time to think about this. My first instinct was like many of you. Kill him too… Let him rot… Etc… But… He killed his son because his son did something inherently and religiously wrong in the father’s eyes. So many of us are quick to do the same to him because what the father did is wrong in ours. To change the world we all need to look past each other’s misgivings and teach each other how to love one another, despite our differences. Until then, we are no better than the man who murdered his son for being gay.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:26am
  62. so very true.. thank you for your compassion and wisdom.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:44am
  63. I agree, but, this man is where he should be..jail.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:51am
  64. Ric, sometimes first instincts are the right ones. What he did is wrong in any decent person's eyes. I'm all for loving people despite differences and being understanding of things and people but cold blooded murder of an innocent? Not going to happen. He should get what he gave.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 7:24am
  65. AND YET RIC BUSSEY, THE SON IS STILL DEAD!!! YOU CAN SAVE THAT CRAP FOR YOURSELF! NO ONE'S BUYING THAT!!!

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 8:46am
  66. Sorry Ric, but your comments are silly! The father murdered his son. This does not require the rest of the world to love the father and try to understand his motive or his sick religion. Murder is murder ..... plain and simple .... and it requires justice for his murdered son and punishment! Finally an Islamic government and court have acted responsibly and honorably in punishing the murderer of a gay man! I commend the Turkish court for taking this action!

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:26pm
  67. You lost me at "religiously wrong."

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:05pm
  68. Thank-you Turkey for stand up for the gay son. The father paid the price!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:26am
  69. “During the court hearing, members of the Çiçek family threatened that “if anyone gets convicted in this case, we will kill everyone who is here, the lawyers, and the members of parliament.”

    Çiçek family members also reportedly hurled anti-gay slurs and attacked several LGBT rights advocates in the courtroom; three people received minor injuries. “

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:26am
  70. lock him up and throw away the key.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:26am
  71. They should be hung

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:28am
  72. ‘ To ensure that other Roşin Çiçek-like murders do not happen, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and all political institutions, non-governmental organizations, and public opinion leaders must fulfill their responsibilities,” said Tanrikulu. “Otherwise, they are partners to hate crimes.” ‘ This is a sign of hope that secularists may someday win over the dreadful fundies !

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:28am
  73. KARMA…..

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:32am
  74. It just never ends. The meaness and hate just never ends. :’(

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:33am
  75. Jujubee that wasnt very nice…does he know who my Jujubee’s mom is?!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:38am
  76. And we are the sick ones? I DON’T FUCKING THINK SO!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:45am
  77. I donno how the sexual orientation of my son, brother, friend or any person can affect me…and killing someone for being different from me..is the most stupid and ignorant thing ever..

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:47am
  78. manslaughter…bloody murder

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:48am
  79. who does that! Seriously? This “father” should be ashamed of himself. So happy for Turkey for convicting this IMBECILE!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:49am
  80. Shaming???? How some people believe. Stupid & uneducated. How sad. Chicago. RIP little dude.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:53am
  81. I am shocked, upset, pissed, mad and hateful to this scum. HOW DARE HE take a young life…and what pisses me off even still is when they say that gays don’t know the first thing about bringing up a child….BULLSHIT!!! We love the.unconditionally and DO NOT kill children! I hope this sad excuse for a human being rots in jail and a big rough mam named bubba makes.him.think twice what he did and hopping he spends the rest of his life in jail. I am outraged!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:54am
  82. Life in prison? Burn him in a public square!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:00am
  83. That’s just evil?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:02am
  84. Good? But sad for the son.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:03am
  85. OMG. This is just crazy. Just do what Conservative Christians do kick out the kid. It is just as shameful but at least the child is not killed by a hate filled relative.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:03am
  86. Um.sir, not all conservative christians do that. I happen to be botb and I would NEVER do either or to my child

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:23am
  87. and your breathing why???

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:06am
  88. They should be put down like the animals they are – no society should have to suffer their evil.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:08am
  89. Progress!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:15am
  90. The term father is being used loosely here

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:18am
  91. people just dont want to understand how we feel but rather how they feel. Its all about their pride. What he has done is very wrong and I am glad justice has brought out but to wish someone to die brings you to the same level. Whether you like them or dispise them

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:20am
  92. As much as I’m proud to be a first generation American from a country that features Pac-Man eating a ninja star for a flag… yeah, glad I don’t live there.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:21am
  93. Couldn’t this be written differently as “Father gets life imprisonment for murdering son?”
    I’m fairly certain it would be near-life imprisonment anywhere

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:23am
  94. Good… May he rot

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:26am
  95. He not a father he is a cold blooded murderer and his son and so many other kids that are murdered don’t deserve this .

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:28am
  96. I suppose than his Muslim….again….fuck:(

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:28am
  97. I’m very exhausted about fucking …traditions…..its horrible….this man is a monster!!!!!!!!:(

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:34am
  98. OMG that’s not unconditional love!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:35am
  99. BIG thumbs up for Life Imprisonment…. but let’s call a spade a spade… it was FIRST DEGREE MURDER

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:39am
  100. glad he got prison..but I do not agree with those that want him raped at all……. that is just as wrong as the sick murder he committed.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:48am
  101. So sad, another life lost.
    I too had this fear with my Arabic father and had to run away. No family support just a young kid trying to get by

    If only this last victim had been accepted by the ones who were meant to love him most.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:49am
  102. good!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:51am
  103. Killing your own son!!!!! What kind of world do these people live in!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:53am
  104. Good for him!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:57am
  105. All around, tragedy!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:00am
  106. If you a gay ( especially in the EAST ), you will die. It is a tragedy! Unfortunately there is no solution….

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:15am
  107. Because, Turkey is so religious.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:17am
  108. Itaty Bubles do u see this I’m completely speechless!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:18am
  109. omg Freddy Scott that left me speechless as well

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:19am
  110. What would posses someone to do such a infamous action?!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:21am
  111. Some justice at last.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:28am
  112. Good. Let him rot in there!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:47am
  113. Nobody deserves to be raped. But beaten daily in prison? I think that’s pretty fair, right?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:48am
  114. no, justice would have been the father not thinking it a shame just because his son was gay :/ this is the only thing left to do after a tragedy. :(

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 7:07am
  115. @PatrickJohnRoss I hate the world.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 7:35am
  116. Well after living in Germany for 19 years and regularly going on holiday to Cyprus including the illegals occupied north. It’s a very violent male dominated culture, their own parliament were beating each other with fists and ipads. It’s sad but true. Obviously not all, but a large amount of the population.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 7:37am
  117. FUCK. HATE. WOW. LOCKED UP FOREVER

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 7:50am
  118. I knew I liked Turkey…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 7:55am
  119. let him live a long life….PLEASE!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 8:32am
  120. Homophobia is a form of insanity, just like religion!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 8:53am
  121. Good!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 8:56am
  122. his father will say it was a honor killing…major bummer…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 9:28am
  123. Good, I hope he rots.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 9:43am
  124. Brainwashed by religion!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 9:53am
  125. He should have been killed, not life. He doesn’t even deserve life in prison. Butt fuck him to death, maybe?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 10:48am
  126. Glad to hear he won’t be seeing the light of day again. Hope it’s a long, long, life he has in that prison.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:03am
  127. May he suffer a terrible agony…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:13am
  128. Yes….because it’s murder!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:21am
  129. WTH-a monster!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:29am
  130. He should be put to death

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:36am
  131. GOOD suffer

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:43am
  132. Hope the father enjoys being a prison bitch. Then and only then will he understand his son’s suffering, and realize the terrible thing he did. I can’t think of a more fitting punishment than to shame him with a prison rape.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:55pm
  133. That’s Where He Should Be , His Own Son How Cruel !!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:00pm
  134. What is the right solution? not death penalty for killing anyone.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:03pm
  135. He should have gotten death

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:06pm
  136. What’s going on

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:07pm
  137. JUDGE YE NOT WE ARE ALL GODS CHILDREN WE ARE EQUIL

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:15pm
  138. More justice than in the U.S. case of 15-year-old Lawrence “Larry” King…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:15pm
  139. Why

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:34pm
  140. Dig him up & kill him again

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:54pm
  141. He will rot away.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:57pm
  142. good to know laws work so awful a father would do this to his son

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:10pm
  143. How in the world could you murder your own child?? Just 17yrs old a baby who had barely begun to live his life simply because of sexual orientation…. He was gay, but he was still your child, a human life that you created who has a part of you! In all honesty you deserve the death penalty!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:13pm
  144. Should be put to death

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 3:02pm