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Gay Syrian refugee 'beheaded' in Turkey

Published 04/08/2016

Homosexuality is legal in Turkey but rights groups say hate crimes against the LGBT community are common
Homosexuality is legal in Turkey but rights groups say hate crimes against the LGBT community are common

A gay Syrian refugee has been found decapitated in Istanbul, a Turkish rights organisation said.

The severely mutilated body of Muhammed Wisam Sankari was discovered on July 25, two days after he left his house, Kaos GL said in a statement.

He was only identified by his housemates by his clothing, the gay rights group added.

Mr Sankari had been kidnapped and raped by a group of men in Istanbul in a previous attack and was trying to leave Turkey for another country, believing his life was in danger, Kaos GL said.

He had arrived in Istanbul a year ago, the group said.

Homosexuality is legal in Turkey but rights groups say hate crimes against the LGBT community are common.

AP

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