Davutoglu says assailants deserve harshest penalties in murder of young woman
"We have full belief that the judiciary will do what is necessary. A very serious penalty is in question, including aggravated life imprisonment and solitary confinement, without any kind of good conduct abatement," Davutoglu said at a press conference he held following a Cabinet meeting, according to Today's Zaman.
It was unusual for Davutoglu to speak to the press after the meeting as government spokesperson Bulent Arinc used to hold press conferences after Cabinet meetings.
Stating that the government closely follows the issue, Davutoglu said not only Aslan but also the conscience of the humanity was killed on that day.
"Our government took serious measures against violence against woman. An action plan was devised on the issue. This is not an issue that can be solved with legislation. It is an issue of mentality," he said.
Aslan, a 20-year-old psychology student at Mersin's Cag University, went missing on Feb.11. Her body was discovered on Feb. 13 after she was stabbed to death. Her body had been burned and left in a river near a village about 40 kilometers from Tarsus, a town in Mersin province, in southern Turkey.
The main suspect, a minibus driver identified as Suphi Altindoken (26), was captured in Mersin in a joint operation between the police and the gendarmerie late on Feb.13. Altindoken was arrested on Feb.16.