Kadir Demirel, the editor-in-chief of Yeni Akit, a radical Islamist pro-Erdoğan Turkish daily, was stabbed to death by his son-in-law in İstanbul on Monday. Demirel (56) was reportedly stabbed by his son-in-law Cemil Yavuz Karanfil at his daughter’s residence in the Başakşehir district of İstanbul following a quarrel.
Cemil Yavuz Karanfil, married to Demirel’s daughter Esma, reportedly killed Demirel following a dispute between the two at the daughter’s house in İstanbul’s Basaksehir district. Karanfil also wounded his wife when she tried to intervene in the dispute. She was immediately taken to the hospital. She was taken into operation as her condition still remains critical.
Police arrived at the scene and launched an operation to apprehend Karanfil after he immediately fled the scene. Police are now searching for the suspect.
Kadir Demirel’s body was taken to the İstanbul Council of Forensic Medicine for an autopsy.
Born in 1961 in Turkey’s province of Niğde, Demirel graduated from the faculty of theology of Marmara University. He had worked for Milli Gazete for more than five years and later worked for Sabah daily. He also worked for Zaman daily as layout designer beside of some other positions.
Demirel left daily Zaman daily in 2000 and he had been the news coordinator for political Islamist Yeni Şafak daily for more than five years and acted as the regional news manager for another eight years. He left the daily in 2014 and began to work as the news editor and the board member of Yeni Akit. He had been the editor-in-chief of the daily since March 2016.
May 30, 2017