Emine Şenyaşar fined for “insulting” an AKP MP

Emine Şenyaşar, who has been holding a Justice Vigil for her murdered family members, has been fined for allegedly ‘insulting’ AKP MP İbrahim Halil Yıldız.

On 14 June 2018, the bodyguards and relatives of AKP Urfa MP Ibrahim Halil Yıldız attacked the Şenyaşar family's shop in Suruç during the election campaign. In the attack, brothers Celal, Adil, Mehmet, Fadıl and Ferit Şenyaşar were severely injured and hospitalized. Relatives and supporters of AKP MP Yıldız killed Celal and Adil Şenyaşar in hospital, and their father Hacı Esvet Şenyaşar, when he went to the hospital to see his sons. He was brutally murdered, being lynched in front of his wife, Emine Şenyaşar.

Emine Şenyaşar and her son Ferit have been holding a Justice Vigil in front of the Courthouse of Urfa since 9 March 2021, demanding those responsible to be brought to account.

Ferit Şenyaşar, who was elected a deputy from the Greens and Left Future Party (Green Left Party) in the May 14 election, did not attend the vigil today on its 808th day, while his mother continued the action in her house in Suruç due to health problems.

In the meantime, the second hearing of the case against Emine Şenyaşar, who is accused of "insulting a public official" for her remarks on 9 August 2022, was held on Thursday.

Emine Şenyaşar's lawyers, Meral Halat, Ayşe Şehriban Demirel and Müslüm Saraçoğlu, attended the hearing held at the 5th Criminal Court of First Instance in Urfa.

The court board imposed a fine of 8000 Turkish liras on Emine Şenyaşar and postponed the announcement of the verdict.

Emine Şenyaşar has been subjected to 31 investigations so far for allegedly “insulting a public official” over her remarks against AKP deputy İbrahim Halil Yıldız. 10 of these investigations have turned into lawsuits.