Turkey acquits 2 brothers over sister's killing in Germany

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Posted: May 30, 2017 11:27 AM

ISTANBUL (AP) — A lawyer says a Turkish court has acquitted two Turkish men who were charged with aiding and abetting their younger brother in the 2005 shooting death of their sister in Germany.

Hatun Surucu, a 23-year-old divorced mother, was slain in Berlin by her youngest brother in what prosecutors described as an "honor killing" meant to punish her for her Western lifestyle.

The 20-year-old shooter was sentenced to 9 years and 3 months in prison in April 2006. Surucu's two older brothers — Alpaslan and Mutlu Surucu — were acquitted in Germany and left for Turkey. A German court later annulled the acquittals and Turkey agreed to prosecute them.

Women's rights lawyer Leyla Suren said an Istanbul court acquitted them on Monday after concluded that the slaying was not a "family decision."