The incident, which took place in Istanbul’s Sankattepe on 19 September, allegedly involved former footballer Cesar Ozturk and his driver, Om Jenak, arguing with 24-year-old Halil Ibrahim Sholten and his accomplices, who blocked the road with vehicles. As the argument escalated into a fight, Cesar Ozturk and his driver, Om Jane, were beaten by a mob. After the fight, Ozturk and Jenk, who had left home and left for the hospital with their wives and children, were cut off again by the same group. This time, Cesar Ozturk, in a fight in which he fired from his gun, shot Halil Ibrahim Schulten, killing him.
The trial of Cesar Ozturk and Om Janek, who were arrested after the incident, was ongoing. The detainees, along with their lawyers, were present at the hearing in the Istanbul Anatolian 1st Criminal Court.
“They tried to open the back door.”
Ozlem Ozturk, wife of Caesar Ozturk, was the first to be heard, beginning with a witness hearing. Explaining the day of the incident with tears, Ozturk said, “They blocked the road we were about to cross. It was impossible to pass. When my wife called and asked for directions, they said, ‘Wait, man.’ After waiting for 15 minutes, he asked for directions again, this time cursing. They stuck their heads out of my window, my wife, and started swearing. Our babysitter and babies were in the back seat. “My wife got out of the car when I forced her to open the back door,” he said.
“I was in mourning.”
Explaining that Cesar Ozturk started beating him as soon as he got out of the car, Ozlem Ozturk said, “One person punched him directly. Another threw a chair at his head. I saw my wife stunned, but I couldn’t get out of the car because I tried to calm the kids down. I barely caught my son in the car. ‘They are killing my parents. Let me go, ‘he shouted. My wife was being beaten by 15-20 people. There was a slope. I saw him descend that slope. I’m shocked, “he said.
“It was no pain.”
After Ozturk, Dilara Karaye, wife of Om Gen, was heard as a witness. Karaye says Om Jane was beaten by a large group when he went to help Cesar Ozturk and said, “My wife fell to the ground. I had my baby in my lap. I ran for help. Someone pushed me hard. I fell to the ground with the baby. When my wife saw us like this, she barely got up and took the gun out of the car. He shoots in the air. At that moment my wife screamed that she had a baby. But they had no compassion. If I were in front of them at that moment, they would hit me in the same way. It was as if they were facing an insect, not a human. ”
“I know it can’t hurt an ant.”
Baby babysitter Ayşe Güçlü, who was in the car at the time of the incident, was also heard as a witness. “I lost my voice on the day of the incident. Mentioning that he has been working with Cesar Ozturk for six years, Güçlü said: “I know it won’t hurt an ant. “I’m very sorry to be here,” he said.
“Death shit by the first fist”
Witness Ozkan Ozsarkan, a relative of the slain Halil Ibrahim Sholten, was also called as a witness. In his statement, Ozsarkan said, “I did not see how he died, but when Cesar Ozturk got out of the car, Halil Ibrahim Sholten was the first to punch.” Duran threw the chair at his head. He had to tell the truth for my conscience. “I tried to separate it, but no one listened,” he said.
“We also had to go to jail because of the victim’s own death.”
Defendant Cesar Ozturk, who was promised after witness testimony, said no one tried to separate them and said, “I am the main victim here. I tried to protect myself, my family, my children from severe attacks. Even if you put the cat in the corner. But it will scream at you. No living creature can be indifferent to the violence directed against it. I have nothing in common with these people. They drink on the side of the road, obstruct traffic, do not give way. I didn’t see anything like that. I went to the hospital, they blocked me. Even the victim’s family, who were heard in the last session, found us almost right. “I want my release. I want justice,” he said.
After receiving the statement, the court adjourned the hearing with a decision to continue the detention of the accused.