14 September 2019

Footballer has escaped jail term

The following story is true, it is not a movie script although it may look like it. How will it end up, it is up to the directors.
In October 2018 Arda Turan got involved in a fighting outside of a nightclub with a famous Turkish musician, where Berkay Sahin ended up with a broken nose from the brawl, and allegedly his wife was sexually harassed. For making it even worse, as a 'safety precaution' the footballer with a gun went to the hospital the next day to apologize, but obviously something went wrong, thus he fired from the weapon into the floor. Decision for these incidents the midfielder heard from the Istanbul court last Wednesday.
The 32-year-old has received 2 years, 8 months and 15 days in prison. But the jail term was deferred for a period of 5 years. He is accused for firing a gun for causing panic, illegal possession, intentional injury, while the harassment charge was rejected by the court. In this whole story (the strict) prosecutors may be dissatisfied with the case where they wanted even a double figure prison sentence for the player: 12.5 years. On top of that, he is losing some finance after all: has to pay his club Basaksehir 2.5 million Turkish lira (392.445 euros) fine.


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