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Research on Cultural Studies

Edited By Mehmet Ali Icbay, Hasan Arslan and Francesco Sidoti

This book is a collection of papers written by researchers, lawyers, administrators, analysts and graduate students working and doing research in the field of law, communication and arts. The topics include women rights in Turkey, witness statement as evidence in Turkish law, legal regulations about organ or tissue trafficking, the new social movements in Turkey, humorous discourse on social media or the traditional country fairs in Turkey.

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Witness statement as evidence in Turkish criminal procedures

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1. Introduction

The manner the case in dispute was committed should be clarified in order to resolve the criminal dispute. This can be possible only by means of the evidence reflecting the case. Within this scope, evidence is an instrument which represents the case in jurisdiction and helps it being performed before the court (Centel & Zafer, 2011, p. 204). As it is not possible to go back in time, the only way to clarify the act which is the subject of criminal procedure is to make use of the traces, documents, and witnesses related to the act. Within this scope, it is observed that evidence may be expressed as “instruments of proof” or “proof means” in our doctrine sometimes and in certain foreign languages (Volk, 2005, p. 207; Beulke, 2005, p. 108).

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