A Turkish prosecutor has demanded aggravated life sentence against three people, who are accused of murdering 20-year-old university student Özgecan Aslan.
According to the indictment submitted by the Tarsus Chief Public Prosecutor's Office, the three suspects, Suphi Altındöken, his father Necmettin Altındöken and the other suspect, Fatih Gökçe, are facing charges of 'attempted sexual assault', 'concealing evidences in a crime', 'deprivation of freedom' and 'sexual assault'.
Three suspects were arrested over the tragic death of Özgecan Aslan, 20, in the southern province of Mersin in February. Aslan, a university student traveling alone on a minibus in the southern Turkish province of Mersin, was killed by Suphi Altındöken, the vehicle's driver. Altındöken is accused of burning the young woman's corpse after the murder and attempted rape. The incident has sparked public anger over violence toward women.
Her remains were found dumped in a creek, three days after she went missing on February 11. She was last seen boarding a passenger minibus after spending a day out with her friend.
The vicious murder of Aslan has caused nationwide protests and calls for tougher sentences toward those guilty of violence against women. Politicians of all stripes condemned the murder of the university student.
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