Eight defendants, including six police officers, were given fines for being negligent while conducting an investigation into a murder that rocked Turkey nine years ago. They were accused of failure to thoroughly examine security camera footage related to the murder of Münevver Karabulut, an 18-year-old girl from a middle-class family who was killed and mutilated by her wealthy boyfriend Cem Garipoğlu.
Garipoğlu turned himself in nearly 200 days after the victim's body parts were found in a guitar case in a dumpster in Istanbul's upscale Etiler neighborhood. The murder and subsequent manhunt for Garipoğlu grabbed headlines for months, and lawyers for the victim's parents had filed a lawsuit against several police officers accused of negligence in the investigation. The lawsuit also brought up the disappearance of the 700,000 euros found in Garipoğlu's home. Lawyers claim the officers took it.
An Istanbul court convicted the police officers of misconduct and hiding or destroying criminal evidence. One defendant in the case was acquitted.
Cem Garipoğlu was sentenced to 24 years for stabbing Karabulut to death, and he was later found dead in his prison cell in Istanbul's Silivri prison in 2014 as a result of an apparent suicide. His uncle and mother were also sentenced to three years for destroying evidence linked to the case, while a court fined the Garipoğlu family more than TL 1.3 million ($342,050) for nonpecuniary and pecuniary damages.
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