Gay Syrian man kidnapped, raped and decapitated in Istanbul, local media reports

Reports suggest the man was kidnapped and raped, and later murdered and beheaded
Reports suggest the man was kidnapped and raped, and later murdered and beheaded
A gay Syrian man has been found decapitated after being kidnapped and raped in Istanbul, local media has reported. The victim, Wisam Sankari, a Syrian refugee in Istanbul, was so badly mutilated that his friends had to identify him by the trousers he was wearing.
According to various local news sources , Sankari left his home on 23 July and was found dead on 25 July. Another report names the date he was found dead as Sunday 31 July.
Found in Yenikapi, he had been stabbed multiple times and had been decapitated. He arrived in Istanbul a year ago as a refugee. But all reports say he had previously been kidnapped and raped by a crowd of men, and that he had attempted to leave Turkey as his life was in danger there. Rayan, Diya and Gorkem, Sankari’s friends, spoke to KaosGL.org after his murder to say they had complained to authorities but that no action was taken. (…) “We were staying in a different house before and we had to leave that house just because we are gay. People around would constantly stare at us. We did not do anything immoral? About five months ago, a group kidnapped Wisam in Fatih. They took him to a forest, beat him and raped him. They were going to kill him but Wisam saved himself by jumping at the road. We complained to the Police Headquarters but nothing happened.” “We identified him from his pants”, Rayan added, criticising the United Nations and Asylum Seekers and Migrants (ASAM) organisations for not doing more to protect LGBT+ people.

via pinknews: Gay Syrian man kidnapped, raped and decapitated in Istanbul, local media reports

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