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Turk charged with murder, rape of Japanese tourist

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A Turkish court has charged a man with murder and rape over an attack on two Japanese women that killed one and badly wounded another, the Hurriyet newspaper said Thursday.

The court in the central city of Nevsehir charged Fatih Uyar, 24, with stabbing tourist Mai Kurihara to death and sexually assaulting her dead body.

He was also charged with sexual assault and attempted murder in the case of her travel companion, Hoshie Teramatsu, according to a statement from the prosecutor cited by Hurriyet.

The two Japanese women, both 22 years old, were attacked Monday while hiking in the Zemi valley in the popular tourist region of Cappadocia.

Hurriyet also reported that Japanese journalists were roughed up outside the court by a group of the suspect's supporters when they tried to photograph and film him being taken to jail after Wednesday's indictment.

Anti-riot police were sent to push back the assailants, said the daily.

Police had arrested two suspects Tuesday after Teramatsu identified one of them in photographs shown to her by investigators at the hospital where she is being treated, the Anatolia news agency reported.

Cappadocia, which is visited by thousands of tourists every year, is famous for its lunar landscape of cone-shaped volcanic rock formations and its rock-carved underground cities.

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Horrfic!

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I have been saying for ages that Japanese tourists need HEAT training before being let out of Japan to travel. They have no sense of awareness or danger around them. Just watch them go into a fast food place and put handbags down on a seat and are so surprised when it is not there when they get back. I wager the animal that did this befriended them and when in a quiet spot made his move.

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He killed her THEN raped her?????? Sickest of the sick! I hope they have the death penalty in Turkey!

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It seems to good to be true : criminals arrested very easily and faces offered to the media while no guarantee proof of their guilt, rape to a dead body, recognition of murder's face (they all look alike for Japanese turists for sure!), etc. Many strange points but not surprising from Turkey. Again, japanese girls are complete nuts to hang around in area like this unofficially guided. RIP to girl and good luck for the injured one.

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so the girls are "nuts" because they were not guided? How about these people not commit the crime in the first place. The girl were doing what they are doing, hiking and enjoying their vacation. did they expect to get stabbed, raped or murdered? I see your stand point that reality is what it is, but in the other sense, They shouldnt have to worry about it in the first place. So what if you get killed going to a mall for the first time "oh man they shouldnt be unguided they are nuts!"

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I think we are missing the most horrific thing in this awful case:

Japanese journalists were roughed up outside the court by a group of the suspect's supporters

Supporters??!!?

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japanese girls are complete nuts to hang around in area like this unofficially guided.

Cappadocia is a mega tourist zone. Which guidebook or website warns people if you take a side street, then you will be killed then raped?

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Life that was taken will not come back, but the feelings of utmost condolence of the Turkish people comes through.

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perfect case for the death penalty. time for turkey to reinstate it, pronto!

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He killed her THEN raped her?????

How is that any worse than if he raped then killed her?...

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There is never a perfect case for the death penalty unless you are the one in a situation yourself and need to take action to kill the person or be killed yourself or to kill someone to save someone. During the moment of heat is the time to kill, not the time 10 years after some killing.

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Sherman and Jonathan Prin:

You both imply some element of carelessness or a lack of sensible caution on the part of the two girls. Could you please provide us with the additional information that has lead you to these conclusions? Otherwise, it would seem both of you are making assumptions about a situation you know nothing about.

Have some respect for what has happened.

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Sherman, I understand what you're trying to say.

Japanese tourists, especially young girls, are the most naive of all. Of course, this wasn't the girls fault, we all know that, but their naivety whilst travelling is often what sends them in the direction of danger. I know first hand some of the men in Turkey can be absolute pigs, and there's no shortage of scammers looking to prey on naive tourists.

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even in some cases, even with tour guides, they can guide you into harms way themselves. What if the "guide" was the one to do the harming? There goes your "offically guidance theory"

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Chris Barnes:

"Japanese tourists, especially young girls, are the most naive of all."

Oh really? Any evidence for this assertion? Even if what you say is true, who's to say these two girls were not unusually cautious compared to others?

"I know first hand some of the men in Turkey can be absolute pigs."

Men or women in any country anywhere can be absolute pigs. They can also be really nice. It depends on the person. Like everything else.

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So this morning on the news Ogura-san and his colleagues were announcing with complete disbelief that they have now released the guy first arrested, and arrested his relative, who had Japanese yen in his apartment, the same model camera that went missing, and a cut on his face.

They seemed absolutely dumbfounded that they could have continued to look after arresting the first suspect, and then have the gall to let that person go when evidence pointed to someone else...

Because we all know that according to Japanese police practice, once someone has been arrested, they must be interrogated and beaten until they sign a confession. Once arrest has been made, the case is completely closed!!

I wanted to slap my TV.

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I hear you on that afanofjapan,

sometimes I do that reading some of the comments on here. I just want to slap the heck out of my monitor and be like " no they just didnt say that?" all in all. I hope they catch the real perp and punish them accordinly, RIP and i hope the other girls makes a full recovery.

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Naive? I don't think so. On the news it said they'd traveled many times outside Japan. To where, I have no idea. In tourist hotspots there are always scams and criminals. Any scumbag can be convincing ... I've seen it done in Tokyo to unsuspecting gaijin. We all have to be careful when we travel and are befriended by a stranger - keyword ... "stranger". Horrible this ladies were duped. What do we know of the assailant? Not a thing. But he hasn't been convicted, so they have to give him a fair trial - if they do that in Turkey?

Wait and see I guess.

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Dirty beast.

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Horrific. I hope they get punished to the fullest extent of the law. My heart goes out to the victims.

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I have been saying for ages that Japanese tourists need HEAT training before being let out of Japan to travel. They have no sense of awareness or danger around them

Sorry. I do not get your point or what it has to do with this murderous crime. Are you suggesting people should never hike in tourist areas? It is not the victims' faults. It is the murderer's and his alone.

The two Japanese women, both 22 years old, were attacked Monday while hiking in the Zemi valley in the popular tourist region of Cappadocia.

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As usual there are people who claim the women deserved what they got because they're Japanese and therefore naive. Not keeping count, but I recall a French woman getting raped not so long ago in Argentina (by her guide no less), and a Swiss women got raped in India (her husband was unable to stop it). So I can assume that any nationality of whose members get raped, robbed etc are comprised entirely of idiots.

Same people probably complain about how racist and biased Japanese are. Am I right?

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As usual there are people who claim the women deserved what they got because they're Japanese

I don't think anyone is saying they deserved what they got. A few people have made very wrong assumptions that these girls were naive. These girls were not naive they were enjoying a holiday in Turkey, until the barbaric act happened.

Same people probably complain about how racist and biased Japanese are. Am I right?

Now you're making the assumptions.

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It is indeed amazing that this bloke has "supporters", who knowing what he did, still arrive at court to support him.

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in the backwoods of any country Will...Stupid indeed....Let's see how popular Turkey will be for travel now?

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Soundofsilver

Personal experience. I've travelled extensively throughout Turkey and Europe and have seen it happen, or nearly happen multiple times. Yes it can happen to all of us, but in the large majority of cases i've seen it happen its been with Japanese tourists. The pigs comment may have been a bit harsh, but i've also seen that multiple times first hand, like when the waiter of the restaurant asked my girl out on a date, right in front of me, as we were having dinner together. I told him we were together, he blatantly ignored me, and then continued to proposition her as we were leaving. Or when i caught a guy taking pics up two young Japanese girls skirts in the bazaar, they had an idea what he was doing, but he just kept laughing it off and being friendly, they laughed with him, and he continued to do it. I said something to him, and was immediately confronted by him and his mates and recommended i leave before something happened...

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I too have travelled extensively throughout my life, beginning with nap-sacking throughout Europe, Scandinavian countries, Africa, and Asia. While I certainly agree you must be very alert, and pay attention to warning signs, it is also fair to say, that in this case, “two young women”, who were together can expect to feel safer. Especially in a very populated tourist spot! Some of the respondents came up with all kinds of theories, whether real or imagined, I believe it is safe to say that this crime was horrific. Islamic law as I believe to read will punish this animal with death. Rape is a crime of opportunity, this low life, sub-human did not rape this poor young woman, he took her life first, and then raped her, and then turned to her companion. Animals do not even do that! I for one am speechless; however I volunteer to take his life! Slowly..very very slowly!

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Neither do animals fantasise about taking each other's lives. Slowly ... very very slowly.

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Frederick

Whilst Cappadocia is a populated tourist spot, it's not hard to get off the beaten track, especially hiking in amongst the valleys.

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Mr. Barnes. I can understand your example that Cappadocia if one strays is dangerous! Let us then use the example of New York City, "The Big Apple" “The City That Never Sleeps" a populated sophisticated city that has the composition of 5 Boroughs, with 8+ million inhabitants...want to visit Harlem, the south Bronx, or Bedford Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, or perhaps Central Park after 23:00 hours? I believe you missed the point! "TWO" young women felt perhaps somewhat safer as the adage goes with there being safety in numbers! No one could prepare themselves for what happened to these two young women, nor could the Japanese tourists a few years ago who were killed in Egypt on a tour. Enough said, I do not wish to engage you in this matter, it was a horrible terrible waste of life, and her companion will bear those scars and be in pain for what happened for the rest of her life as well. I can only hope for swift justice, and that her parents can find some peace, if that is possible!

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Mr Shapiro

I wasn't trying to engage you in some argument, simply stating a fact. Despite what you may think, i also hope for swift justice..

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Mr. Shapiro, while I have lived in Manhattan for several years while getting my PhD, from Columbia University, you do make a point. However, I see and feel how horrified you are by the events of this unspeakable crime! I do not think you need to single out New York City, who lost thousands on 9/11! I also take note about a reader who dwells on a specific geographic area, and perhaps as you pointed out, this crime is unimaginable no matter where it occurred. I recall a reader in an earlier article about this horrific crime who was a Turkish Tour guide in Cappadocia and at that exact place did not recall it as being the “Bad Lands of the Old Wild West” in the USA. Let us all agree that this is a horrific crime, and a crime against all things that are good in this world. I pray her parents, and the parents of her severely injured companion, can find some kind of solace in all of this, if that is possible!

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This was a very sad and tragic crime! On the Japanese news this morning they said the young ladies were riding their bikes and that somehow the bikes and the car hit each other on some dirt road which led to an argument and this idiot fool pulled out a knife, brandishing it and we all know the rest. Poor dead girl and poor survivor of this horrible crime! I hope the criminals are not only giving the death penalty but that his family is also tortured! Let this scum really burn in hell for all of eternity!!

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Disgusting necrophilian !

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Please update this story. This is the latest I have heard-

The man who was originally arrested, identified by pictures from the other woman, was the cousin of the actual suspect. His murder weapon and the cell phones of the women were found in his home.

According to the suspect, the man was driving on a road and collided with the bicycles. The women and man got into an argument over the accident and he proceeded to take out a knife and stab them. He fled the scene. Rape was not mentioned in any of the Japanese newspapers or news broadcasts.
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Lol the Japanese need take some Krav maga or systema class for real!! There's lots of sickos and whack jobs out there.

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This is unacceptable! that sick monster needs to go to prison for life!

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This person saw these 2 as an opportunity and rolled up on them with his car. Whenever I see people like this trying distasteful, rude or inappropriate things I usually ask them to stop (redirect their brains to get them off track). If they continue and approach me within my personal space I usually judo throw them over the top (my back). If they still continue I like to post the shoulder and dislocate it and I would guess a hip would be fair game also.

I am the nicest person in the world, but I don't play around. -and at some point you just can't play around with people that are intending to hurt you. If shorter than me I will knee them in the chin. If taller I hit them will the palm of my hand into the chin and push their head back.

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A "young turk" meets two civilized girls; assault, murder and necrophilia ensue. Peace and healing to the victimized.

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Put that sick bastard to death. Those young women were enjoying themselves. This just shows once again how tourists, especially women, must be very careful when travelling. I'm sorry this happened. Those young ladies probably saved up for a nice vacation then here comes this wacko. Damn.

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No death penalty in Turkey as it's part of the deal for it becoming an EU member. But I wouldn't want to be in a Turkish prison. The average life expectancy in a Turkish prison is only 7-10 years. Remember 'Midnight Express'? Not a nice place to be for anyone....Worse than death even.

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Two 22-year old traveling on their own. Under normal circumstances it was safe. But this time tragedy occurred.

I hope jJ parents would give this tragic incident a wise thought.

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Turkey is a VERY DANGEROUS place period. Most of the Terrorists that are going to Syria enter Syria through Turkey.

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his family tortured

What the hell is wrong with you?

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He killed her THEN raped her?????

How is that any worse than if he raped then killed her?...

It's hugely more sick.

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Muslim areas are just not safe for anyone unless you are armed.

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