Prosecutors demand 12.5 year jail term for Arda Turan

Prosecutors in Turkey have requested a 12.5-year jail term for Arda Turan, on loan at İstanbul Başakşehir from Barcelona.

The former Turkey international was recently involved in an altercation which left pop star Berkay Sahin with a broken nose at an Istanbul nightclub, with the player later allegedly brandishing a gun.

He is now facing a number of charges including sexual harassment, inflicting intentional injuries and shooting a firearm in a way to cause panic, along with carrying weapons without a license.

“I have full confidence in justice and that Arda Turan will serve his sentence,” Berkay's lawyer said in a statement in Daily Sabah back in October.

Berkay’s wife Ozlem Ada Sahin told media outlet Haberturk that Arda had made suggestive comments to her before later attacking her husband.

Arda, a 32-year-old midfielder who previously played for Atletico Madrid, reportedly then took a gun to hospital and told Berkay he was unaware the woman was his wife and asked the singer to kill him.

In October, Istanbul Basaksehir fined the player €370k due to ‘behaviour and attitude not compatible with the club's ethics’ but retained the player’s contract.

Arda was banned for 16 matches in May 2018 after punching a linesman.

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