Two Kurdish German men accused of helping to kill their sister in 2005 because of her Western lifestyle were acquitted Tuesday in a Turkish court, in the latest failed attempt to prosecute them in a case that became a benchmark for cultural tensions between Turkey and Germany.
The sister, Hatun Surucu, 23, was killed at a Berlin bus stop when her youngest brother fired three bullets into her head. The brothers said the family’s honor had been offended because she divorced the man her family had forced her to marry at age 16, and then began dating and refused to wear a headscarf.
Though her family is ethnically Kurdish, and originally from Turkey, Surucu had been born and raised in Germany. Her murder, after a series of similar so-called honour killings of Muslim women in Germany, sent shock waves through the country.