30/05/2009 | Writer: KAOS GL

May 29, 2009
Bianet News

Transgender Esmeray has taken two police officers to court for beating her.

On 28 May was the second hearing of the court case that transgender Esmeray had brought against two police officers, Mustafa Muhammet Cirakoglu and Ceyhun Guvem.

Violence a daily occurrence

Speaking at the Beyoglu 2nd Criminal Court of Peace, Esmeray said that she wanted the case to set a precedent for the violence that transsexuals and transvestites experienced on a daily basis.

Cirakoglu had given evidence at the first hearing and did not attend. Also absent was defendant Guvem, who, despite having been transferred to another police station, had not informed the court of his new address.

Judge Selvinaz Eken postponed the hearing to 8 July.

Esmeray said, "Many of my transsexual and transvestite friends, who are forced into sex labour, experience violence by the police nearly daily. However, many of them are too afraid to file complaints."

She expressed hope that her court case would encourage others to come forward.

The court hearing was also attended by Esra A
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