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Probe demanded into 'physical violence' claims after mum-of-dies in 'mysterious car crash'

WOMEN’S rights campaigners are demanding a thorough investigation into claims that a mother-of-three was subjected to “physical violence” by her husband before she was killed in a mysterious car crash last week.

Probe demanded into 'physical violence' claims after mum-of-dies in 'mysterious car crash'

By YASEMIN GÜLPINAR

Reporter

Questions were raised after Sedef Sevgi Derin, 35, died when her car left the road near Alayköy and slammed into a tree.

Activists said they wanted to avoid a repetition of the case involving Akile Nacisoy, whose death in 2016 was thought to be suicide until her husband was eventually found guilty this year of her murder.

Republican Turkish Party MPs Doğuş Derya, Sıla Usar İncirli and Fazilet Özdenefe of the Women’s Organisation lobby group said they had asked the chief of police, Süleyman Manavoğlu, to take investigations “further” after the possibility that Mrs Derin had suffered recent physical violence.

“We visited Mr Manavoğlu to ask him to check whether she had been subjected to violence that might have led to the accident,” Ms Derya told Cyprus Today. “We will be keeping a close eye on this case.”

The Women’s Education Collective also called on the police and the Attorney General to explore possibilities other than suicide.

Police said that Mrs Derin had been speeding at 180kph – as shown by a jammed speedometer – when she crashed, but that no brake marks were found to indicate that she had tried to avoid colliding with the only tree in the field that she had driven into.

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