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Uproar as ruling party MP suggests maid who died in his home was schizophrenic

Justice and Development Party (AKP) lawmaker Sirin Unal whose female caregiver allegedly committed suicide at his house using his gun has come under fire for saying she had schizophrenic symptoms.

On Tuesday, Unal said during a parliamentary committee meeting that his house worker, Nadira Kadirova had indications of schizophrenia, referring to a possible reason for killing.

Erk Acarer, a presenter at Arti TV Channel on Friday posted a Twitter message showing Kadirova playing music in Unal’s vehicle and asked some questions to the MP.

“What is a schizophrenic person doing in your official car [how could you let a schizophrenic person use your car]? Is it normal that a [domestic] worker uses a lawmaker’s official car?” the TV programmer asked, implying a relationship between the MP and his maid was beyond normal.

Acarer shared another video footage taken by Kadirova which showed the MP working in his official room and tweeted that a “domestic maid” was taking a video of her boss at the “parliament”.

Previously Nadira’s elder brother Muhammet Ali Kadirova also reacted to Unal’s schizophrenia-related remarks without providing an official report and evidence in that regard.

Muhammet vowed that his sister had no psychological problems and that he would be following the case until the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

Speaking to Deutsche Welle (DW) Turkish, Birol Ozturk, the Kadirova family’s lawyer also vowed to follow the investigation and to ensure the judicial process to the end.

Ozturk said it was too early to call the incident a suicide as there was still no adequate evidence in that regard. The definitive cause of death would be clear after a thorough official autopsy report by the institution of forensic medicine which is expected to be released in two months, the lawyer added.

Nadira, a 23-year-old Uzbek national employed by Unal, died on September 23 allegedly from a gunshot fired from a firearm that belonged to the legislator.

At the time, officials declared swiftly that Kadirova had committed suicide while the MP was also at home.

The apparent suicide has been labeled suspicious by her family and critics, as there are many absolute suspicions on the alleged suicide, arguing that the procedural works had been conducted in a hurry and the deceased’s body was quickly sent back to Uzbekistan.

The family’s former lawyer, Mujde Tozbey-Erden resigned after becoming the attorney two days after Kadirova’s suspicious death and striving to shed light on the incident.

Following the resignation, the Female Commission of the Turkish Human Rights Association (IHD) released an announcement in early October that the investigation into the case had not been carried out according to the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention which is a legally binding international instrument on preventing and combating violence against women.

The Female Commission had voiced of the pressure on the Kadirova’s family and friend and called for lifting the confidentiality order on the alleged suicide case.

“Nadira’s family and her friend who said Nadira was subjected to abuse [by Unal] were not questioned freely. According to some reports, police did not let the family be alone and even make phone calls until Kadirova’s deceased body was taken on a plane [heading to her home country Uzbekistan],” said the statement.

Prior to her resignation, the lawyer Erden had also voiced the same allegation, saying it took only two days for the prosecutor’s office to complete the bureaucratic procedures and have the postmortem and forensic medicine reports taken.

“Normally, it takes six months in Turkey to have a Forensic Medicine report. In Nadira’s case, it took only two [days]. That also makes us suspicious,” Erden said at the time.

At the time, the Security Directorate announced Nadira’s death as a case of suicide based on forensic medicine reports while that announcement normally should have been done by the prosecutor’s office.

The resigned lawyer had also claimed that the Turkish authorities were aiming at intimidating the family. As part of the investigation, the prosecutor’s office asked witnesses whether Nadira was also working as a prostitute.

“If Nadira was prostituting, it does not concern anyone. Prostitution cannot have anything to do with the killing of Nadira or the sexual assault that she was subjected to. And it does not give anybody the right to do so,” the lawyer had told online news portal Bianet.

In October, the IHD commission touched on the claims of sexual abuse imposed on Kadirova by the lawmaker.

Earlier in November, DW approached two of Nadira’s friends, a close fellow Leyla Niyazova and co-worker Khilola Onarboeva, who both quoted Kadirova as saying that she had been abused by the lawmaker.

Questions raised over maid’s death in Turkish MP’s house

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