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Police radio records show body dragging incident was ordered.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Radio telephone records belonging to the police have revealed that an incident in which a man's body was shown to have been dragged behind a police vehicle in October in the southeastern province of E[currency]yrnak was systematically carried out.

The records emerged during an ongoing investigation being conducted into the dragging of Hacy Lokman Birlik in early October have revealed that Birlik's body was dragged systematically on the orders of a police chief. The same records also reveal that the abhorrent act was deliberately recorded on camera by the police involved.

Birlik, who was killed on Oct. 2 during a clash between members of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and Turkish security forces in E[currency]yrnak, was the brother-in-law of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) E[currency]yrnak deputy Leyla Birlik.

In the recordings of radio communications between police officers -- which were revealed as part of the investigation into the incident -- an officer is asking his chief where the body of Birlik should be taken, using insulting expressions about the dead man. "Sir, where should we take this b....rd to?" the police officer asks. In response, the police chief orders the officers to take the dead body to the E[currency]yrnak Police Department.

According to media reports, the E[currency]yrnak Chief Public Prosecutor's Office recently asked the E[currency]yrnak Police Department to tell the office the identities of the police officer and the police chief in question after Birlik's lawyer had filed a petition with the prosecutor's office.

In another conversation, a police officer asks another to take some photos while Birlik's body was being dragged behind a police vehicle. In another, a police officer is heard asking a fellow officer whether he should place a hook in the body, while the other police officer responds by telling him to drag the body via a rope after he had placed the hook in the body.

Birlik's lawyer has filed a complaint against all the police officers who made those conversations recorded by radio telephones. He stated in his petition that the records clearly exposed the fact that his client's body was systematically dragged on official orders from a police chief.

Video footage of the incident emerged in early October. The footage came after leaked photos of the incident circulated on social media and sparked a public outcry. The footage, published late on Oct. 4 on the KarE-y daily's website, appears to show the body being dragged while police officers in the vehicle were heard swearing at the dead body. One was heard congratulating his colleague for killing the man.

The footage emerged in order to refute claims by pro-Justice and Development Party (AK Party) figures who had argued earlier the same day that the photos were created in a digital environment and that they were intentionally given to the media by PKK sympathizers to create a negative perception of the AK Party government. However, the same figures claimed later that same day that the body had been tied to the police car in case the body was booby-trapped. The pro-government AkE-am daily even claimed that dragging bodies in such a way was a "routine practice" across the world as a security precaution.

The Interior Ministry announced on Oct. 12 that two police officers had been suspended from duty over the incident. (Cihan/Today's Zaman) CyHAN

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