Suspects enter courthouse moments before taking Turkish prosecutor hostage
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CCTV footage, released by Turkish authorities on Friday, allegedly shows two suspects in the murder of Prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz. They are seen entering the Caglayan Courthouse in Istanbul and making their way to Kiraz’s room moments before taking him hostage. The attack occurred on March 31, when suspects Safak Yayla and Bahtiyar Dogruyol, both members of the banned far-left organization ‘Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front' took Kiraz hostage. The captors were killed when security forces intervened. Kiraz died later in hospital. The prosecutor had been leading an investigation into the death of Berkin Elvan, a teenager who died during the Gezi protests in 2013.