Pro-gov’t Yeni Akit daily’s editor-in-chief stabbed to death by son-in-law

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Kadir Demirel

The editor-in-chief of the staunchly pro-government Yeni Akit daily, Kadir Demirel, was stabbed to death by his son-in-law after a quarrel in İstanbul on Monday evening.

Demirel, 56, was killed at his daughter’s apartment in İstanbul’s Başakşehir district. Demirel’s son in-law Cemil Yavuz Karanfil also stabbed his wife Esma when she tried to intervene in the fight and critically injured her.

Karanfil, who fled the scene on Monday evening, later surrendered to police, according to Turkish media reports.

Demirel’s body was taken to the İstanbul Council of Forensic Medicine for an autopsy.

Demirel, who worked for several newspapers such as Sabah, Zaman and Yeni Şafak, assumed the post of editor-in-chief at the Yeni Akit daily in March 2016.

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