Softer Penalty for Somali Leader’s Son After Fatal Crash Prompts Outrage in Turkey

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First he was allowed to leave Turkey after he hit a motorcycle courier with his car in November. Then the police blamed the courier, who later died in the hospital, before reversing course.

Finally, on Tuesday, the driver of the car, the son of Somalia’s leader, was convicted of “causing death by negligence” and given a prison sentence that was quickly commuted to a fine of 27,300 Turkish lira, or about $900.

Widespread perceptions that the driver, Mohammed Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, 40, a doctor, repeatedly received preferential treatment from the authorities has prompted outrage in Turkey and accusations that justice was denied to the courier, Yunus Emre Gocer, 38, a father of two young children.

Many Turks speculated on social media that Mr. Mohamud had been treated differently because of his father’s position and vented about the unusually swift judicial process. Similar cases typically take 18 months to two years, legal experts say.

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Softer Penalty for Somali Leader’s Son After Fatal Crash Prompts Outrage in Turkey

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