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Turkey Government under pressure to prosecute Somali President’s son

ISTANBUL (SD) -The Turkish government is under pressure to conduct a thorough investigation into a serious incident involving the death of a man in Istanbul, following a traffic accident that occurred on December 6th. The deceased, Yunus Emre Gocer, a 38-year-old motorcycle courier, was injured in the accident when his pike was hit by a car driven by Mohamed Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud. The incident happened on a busy highway in Istanbul.

The Turkish authorities ordered the arrest of Mahmoud and banned him from leaving the country after the accident, but it has been reported that the son of the President of Somalia had already left Turkey as the news of the incident emerged.

Later, a group of people, claiming to be motorcycle couriers, held a demonstration in Istanbul, demanding that the son of the President of Somalia face trial for Gocer’s death.

Ekrem Imamoglu, the mayor of Istanbul and a prominent opposition politician, shared footage of the incident on his Twitter account, expressing concern that the government, is too weak to defend the rights of its citizens.

In response to the incident, the Minister of Justice, Yilmaz Tunc, stated that an “international procedures” had been initiated and emphasized that the government is committed to upholding the rule of law.

There is no official information regarding the current whereabouts of the son of the President of Somalia, and conflicting reports have emerged from Somali diplomatic sources in Turkey.

Turkey has had close ties with Somalia since 2011, with significant humanitarian aid, economic development projects, and military training assistance. The Turkish government, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has played a key role in supporting Somalia during times of crisis.

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