Dutch Crown Prince postpones visit to Turkey

Published June 5th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander has postponed a visit to Istanbul after a Turkish court granted amnesty to a man convicted of raping three Dutch tourists and murdering one of them, diplomats said Tuesday.  

 

However, a separate court ordered Hakan Karayavuz jailed, overriding a previous ruling from a criminal court stating that the convicted rapist could be released under a new amnesty law, the Anatolia news agency reported, cited by AFP.  

 

Karayavuz was sentenced to life in jail for the 1995 rape of three Dutch and a Russian tourist. The Russian woman and one of the Dutch victims were killed while the two other Dutch women were seriously wounded, a Dutch embassy spokesman said in Ankara.  

 

He was freed on May 23 from the Hatay prison following a court decision under the new amnesty law.  

 

Willem-Alexander was due to arrive in Istanbul on Wednesday, but postponed his visit pending clarification from authorities in Turkey on Karayavuz's fate, the Dutch embassy added.  

 

Turkish authorities have said they are reviewing the case, an embassy official said. (Albawaba.com) 

 

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