A police officer Monday had his one-year plus prison sentence for the 2013 death of a protester commuted into a fine of 10,100 Turkish lira ($2,887).
A court in the central Anatolian province of Aksaray gave Ahmet Şahbaz a fine for the June 2013 shooting death of Ethem Sarısülük, near Güvenpark in central Ankara during the Gezi Park protests.
Şahbaz, who shot Sarısülük, had been convicted in 2014 for murder under unjust provocation and for using duty weapons for criminal purposes.
The Sixth High Criminal Court in Ankara had previously sentenced him to nearly eight years in prison, but the sentence was overturned.
An autopsy suggested that Sarısülük was shot in the head by a 9mm bullet. CCTV and media footage showed the encounter between the protesters, including the deceased and Şahbaz, who was seen running from the scene holding a pistol.
"I didn't act deliberately. The intense attacks of demonstrator groups are on the record. I fired my gun into the air. I was under intense stone attack," Şahbaz told Monday's hearing by video conferencing.
Lawyer and relatives of the complainant protested the ruling.
In summer of 2013, relatively small environmental demonstrations in Istanbul's Gezi Park grew into a nationwide wave of protests against the government amid heavy police crackdown, leaving eight protesters and a police officer dead and hundreds injured.
The government later labeled the demonstrations an attempt to overthrow it by members of Fetullah Gülen's "parallel state" in the police and court system.
Turkey accuses the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), led by Gülen who lives in a self-imposed exile in U.S. state of Pennsylvania, of a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.On July 15, a coup attempt in Turkey blamed on FETÖ left 248 people killed and nearly 2,200 injured.
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