Seyma G

Seyma G, strangled to death, June 2010

A 17-year-old girl found dead one month ago was allegedly murdered by her 15-year-old brother in anĀ honor killing after she left the women’s shelter where she was staying, daily Radikal reported Wednesday. The body of Seyma G. was found half buried in the ground in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir, while subsequent tests revealed that she had been strangled to death.

Her brother Y.G. was caught by police and then arrested July 16. According to the Diyarbakir police, the suspects in the murder were determined after an examination of the crime scene revealed footprints in the area and fingerprints on the tape put over the victim’s mouth. The victim had reportedly been staying in a women’s shelter after being subjected to violence at home.

Family members allegedly found her after they learned she had left the shelter. Her brother, who is accused in the murder, had previously been detained for being a member of the illegal Muslim organization Hizb ut-Tahrir.

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