Top Turkish court reverses life sentence for femicide as murderer turned himself in

The Court of Cassation, Turkey's top appeals court, has reversed the life sentence given to Ferhat İnne for the deliberate 2020 murder of a woman in the Aegean province of Manisa. The court ruled a reduced sentence was in order as İnne called the authorities and turned himself in.

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Turkey’s Court of Cassation has ruled to reverse the life sentence given to Ferhat İnne for “deliberately murdering” Canan Çeviren in the Aegean province of Manisa in 2020. The court stated a life sentence was unlawful as İnne had shown remorse by calling the police on himself. The court required a retrial and a discretionary mitigation for İnne’s sentence, revealed recent reporting.

On Dec. 11, 2020, İnne shot Çeviren twice with his registered gun after an argument at the real estate office where Çeviren worked. She died at the scene. 

A lower court on May 2023 sentenced İnne to life in prison. İnne’s attorney appealed to the Court of Cassation requesting a reduced sentence. 

The court on Dec. 11 unanimously ruled not administering a discretionary mitigation was “unlawful” in İnne’s case, considering he had remained in the crime scene and called the police and the ambulance with his cellphone. 

The victim’s family and attorney disapproved of the Court of Cassation ruling. Lawyer Filiz Tuğçe Ayrancı İplikçi said such decisions would embolden the defendant and the likes of him who could murder a woman without hesitation. She added that they would continue the legal battle to make sure İnne was punished to the fullest extent.