Two men with links to the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP-C) were each handed aggravated life sentences for their role in an attack on Turkish courthouse in which a prosecutor was murdered.
Mustafa Kocak and Murat Canim were on Thursday sentenced to aggravated life imprisonment by the Istanbul 27th High Criminal Court for attempting to overthrow the constitutional order, the state-run Anadolu Agency (AA) reported on Thursday.
According to the report by AA, the court also sentenced Kocak and Canim to 27 years in jail for aiding in the murder of prosecutor Mehmet Kiraz, 12 years for depriving a public servant of his liberty using arms and three years for violating the firearms law.
Other defendants of the case, Mithat Ozturk, Deniz Ozel, and Cengiz Ozel, each reportedly received terms of between six and 11 years in prison on charges of aiding an armed terrorist organization.
Kiraz was killed by two DHKP-C militants on March 31, 2015, after they entered Istanbul’s Caglayan Courthouse posing as lawyers and took him hostage in his office.
His captors Safak Yayla and Mustafa Dogruyol shot the prosecutor in the head after about nine hours of negotiations between Turkish police officers and the two members of the outlawed DHKP-C.
Yayla and Dogruyol were killed in the ensuing clash with police, who were in position outside of the building and rushed in after hearing the gunshots.
The DHKP-C, a far-leftist armed militant group that is also known as the Turkish Marxist-Leninist Party, is deemed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union.
Since the 1980s, the DHKP-C has been responsible for a string of attacks and assassinations in Turkey, including the 2013 attack on the US Embassy in capital Ankara, which left a Turkish security guard dead and a Turkish journalist injured.