Emine Şenyaşar and her son Ferit Şenyaşar’s vigil in front of a courthouse in Turkey’s Urfa (Riha) province demanding a “fair trial” for the perpetrators who killed their family members continues into its 37th day, Jin News reports.
Emine Şenyaşar lost her husband and two sons as a result of an armed attack by the bodyguards and relatives of the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP’s) Urfa deputy, İbrahim Halil Yıldız. She and her son Ferit Şenyaşar have been staging a sit-in protest in front of the Urfa Courthouse since 9 March and continuously demanding justice.
People’s Democratic Party’s (HDP’s) MP for Antep Mahmut Toğrul and the co-chair of the Democratic Regions Party’s (DBP’s) Antep office visited the Şenyaşar family on the 37th day of their peaceful vigil.
During the visits of the HDP Deputy and co-chairs of the DBP, Emine Şenyaşar stated that she conducted the vigil before the courthouse as a protest despite being on a Ramadan fast.
“I have to sit here. We had our first iftar (the meal eaten by Muslims when the daily fast ends after sunset during Ramadan) here yesterday. They punished my son. I haven’t seen him for three years. Why are those who murdered my family not punished? I refer those who made this unjust decision to Allah. May Allah not leave our rights on the ground”, she said.
Perihan Yüzügüldü, Emine Şenyaşar’s daughter, also spoke during the vigil. “They have been hiding everything from the public. If my brothers who were murdered and my other brother who is now in prison are guilty, let them arrest my other two brothers too. My brothers and my father were brutally murdered. We just want justice”, she said.
Toğrul: We stand by the Şenyaşar family’s struggle
“There has been no investigation launched regarding what happened in the hospital that day. Although the family were told that 23 people were identified during their meeting with the prosecutor, no investigation was opened against them”, said HDP MP Mahmut Toğrul.
“Our mother Emine’s heart was broken more after her son Fadıl Şenyaşar was sentenced to 37 years in prison. We believe that this unlawfulness will end one day. We stand by the Şenyaşar family’s struggle for justice”, Toğrul said.