Turkey’s ruling party votes down parliamentary inquiry into Rabia Naz's death

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its far-right (MHP) Nationalist Movement Party allies on Friday voted against an opposition motion for a parliamentary inquiry into the suspicious death of an 11-year-old girl in northern Turkey, opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet reported.

Rabia Naz Vatan died after she was found fatally injured outside her family home in Eynesil, northern Turkey, in April 2018. The police ruled her death a suicide, but her father, Şaban Vatan, has been campaigning tirelessly for an investigation after finding evidence that contradicted the initial ruling.

Vatan fought for months to bring public attention to his case after uncovering evidence he said suggested police may have covered up the involvement of the relative of AKP's local mayor in her death.

The Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) proposed a parliamentary inquiry into Rabia Naz's suspicious death, but the ruling Islamist AKP and its coalition partner the MHP voted against the inquiry, rejecting an investigation, Cumhuriyet said.

"In the investigation into the death of Rabia Naz, there were allegations that the violations in question had been ordered by persons with political power and were intended to obscure the incident. Previously, covering up crimes involving people with political power and position, and their relatives, has deeply damaged public belief in justice," a written statement released by HDP said on Friday.