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Cablegate: Istanbul Independent Candidate Shot Dead

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SUBJECT: ISTANBUL INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE SHOT DEAD

1. Tuncay Seyranlioglu, an independent candidate for
parliament in Istanbul's 2nd electoral district, was shot
dead on July 16 in the suburban Kemerburgaz neighborhood of
Istanbul. Seyranlioglu had just finished a television
interview when assailants opened fire on his vehicle. His
three passengers were wounded and Seyranlioglu died en route
to the hospital. Three suspects were reportedly arrested
later on July 16 in Istanbul's Sisli district, but police
have refused to comment on the case.

2. According to press reports, Seyranlioglu was the owner of
Tamgun, a small local newspaper, as well as a construction
company and several wedding/function halls in Istanbul's Eyup
district. The shooting has received broad local media
coverage, although no press reports thus far indicate that
the murder was politically motivated. Aksam newspaper
reports that the police had opened over 30 fraud cases
against Seyranlioglu, and CNN Turk speculates he was killed
as the result of a business conflict.

3. Comment. Seyranlioglu was one of 44 independent
candidates running for parliament in Istanbul's 2nd district.
As far as we can tell he was politically unaffiliated, had
not been actively campaigning/advertising and was unlikely to
attract the estimated 60,000 to 70,000 votes needed to win a
seat in parliament in this very competitive district. End
Comment.
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