Deputy Held In Killing Of Fellow Deputy In Parliament
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) _ A lawmaker from the governing Motherland Party shot and killed an opposition deputy in the Parliament building Wednesday, the city prosecutor said.
A third lawmaker said he had argued with the gunman over this week’s elections and that the gunfire was intended for him.
Prosecutor Akin Oncul said Deputy Idris Arikan was detained and will appear at a hearing on Thursday. Arikan allegedly shot Abdurrezzak Ceylan, who died while undergoing surgery on the chest wound.
The semi-official Anatolia News agency said a ballistic report indicated the bullet was fired from Arikan’s gun.
But Arikan issued a statement saying that Ceylan, a member of the True Path Party, was shot by another deputy, Zeki Celiker, an independent.
″I drew my gun to protect myself. A ballistics report will prove that the shot was not fired from my gun,″ Arikan said.
Oncul said Celiker was interrogated after the incident but was not detained.
Celiker said he was questioned as a witness, and that the gunfire was intended for him.
″Arikan drew the gun on me when we were arguing, Ceylan held his arm, I walked away and then heard the shooting,″ Celiker said.
Oncul said Arikan and Celiker handed over their guns for ballistics tests.
Two reporters, Kenan Harunoglu and Anatolia reporter Ismail Bezgin said they heard the shooting.
″I saw Ceylan on the floor bleeding and Arikan walking around with a gun in his hand and muttering to himself,″ Bezgin said.
No one is allowed to enter Parliament armed, but Halim Aras, deputy speaker of Parliament, said it is not always possible to search deputies for arms.
Arikan and Celiker were from the southeastern province of Siirt. Ceylan, 37, also was from the province and had been a member of Parliament since 1983.
Anatolia said Arikan and Celiker argued over the results of Sunday’s local elections in which the Motherland Party suffered defeats nationwide.
The news agency said Arikan held Celiker responsible for his party’s defeat in Siirt, where the Social Democrat Populist Party won the mayor’s race in the provincial capital when rightists’ votes were split between Arikan’s Motherland Party and Ceylan’s True Path Party.
Celiker belonged to True Path before becoming an independent.
Interior Minister Mustafa Kalemli ordered police to take extraordinary security measures in Siirt to prevent clashes after the slaying.
″This is a very ugly incident. I hope the reason is not political. Not a bullet was fired under this roof in half a century,″ said former Premier Suleyman Demirel, leader of the True Path.
Premier Turgut Ozal telephoned Demirel on Wednesday and expressed his regrets over the killing.