Turkish court fines bystander/tourist who sued police for shooting out his eye


Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/10/20/turkish-court-fines-bystander.html


It sounds like he paid court costs, not a fine. Isn’t that normal when you lose a lawsuit?

EDIT: I see the original article made this clear.


Can’t read the story, because I get this:

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@doctorow & @knoxblox

Link to article is borked.

Try: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/kyrgyz-tourist-wounded-in-gezi-protests-ordered-to-pay-debt-to-turkish-state-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=104964&NewsCatID=341


@knoxblox and @howaboutthis, your usernames have never been more appropriate…


When the government engages in SLAPP-like behavior at this level, that’s some systemic level corruption.

Oops, now I’ll never be able to travel to Turkey without being charged for some “insulting the tyrannical bribe-taker-in-chief” (i.e. because we feel like it) law.


According to the link posted by @howaboutthis, the court didn’t find that the police were responsible. Original link is borked, so I honestly dont know what to believe.


$3250 seems absurdly low for losing an eye. Even the $68,000 seems low by an order of magnitude, unless the guy is really really old. The damage to the Interior Ministry and police department’s reputations is worth more than that. Just pay the guy, don’t admit wrongdoing, keep it out of the news. Amateurs!


$3250 for material damages - I’m guessing that is the cost of two surgeries and other medical treatment?

As a U.S. citizen, I only wish I could get healthcare that cheaply.


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