The latest expert report, the third one in a row, concerning the death of a five-year-old child who was run over and killed by an armoured vehicle in 2019 in Turkey’s Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakır (Amed) concluded just like the previous reports that the child himself was responsible for his own death.
After a Diyarbakır court accepted the defendant’s appeal on 23 December 2021 to get yet another expert report and opinion on the incident, a new report by the now notorious Turkish Forensic Medicine Institute was received by the court.
The report was heard on Tuesday at the court session. It said that the driver, a police officer named İdris Aksoy, acted without caution as he was passing through a crowded market place at the incident, and thus bore secondary responsibility in killing the child named Efe Tektekin.
The report continued:
“Although the pedestrian named Efe Tektekin, born in 2014, should have crossed the street at the most appropriate instant after having sufficiently monitored the traffic of vehicles around him, he apparently didn’t take this necessity into account despite the fact that an armoured vehicle was approaching from the left side, and risked his own life, partially due to him being too young to be aware of that, by running between rows of parked cars and jumping onto the street in an attempt to cross to the other side. Thus his actions during the incident, resulting from his age, constitute the primary factor regarding the outcome of the incident.”
The report concluded that since it hasn’t been possible to determine whether or not İdris Aksoy was driving over the speed limit during the incident, and that he couldn’t be expected to have taken measures not to hit the victim who tried to run across the street, it was not possible to make an accusation against him.