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Irish ‘boxing’ tourist sues Turkish shopkeeper – Hurriyet Daily News

Irish ‘boxing’ tourist sues Turkish shopkeeper


Irish ‘boxing’ tourist sues Turkish shopkeeper

An Irish tourist, who hit headlines after being captured on video taking on a mob of 15 shopkeepers in Istanbul in 2015, has filed a complaint against one of the attackers over injuries sustained in the brawl.

Mohammed Fadel Dobbous, who was declared a hero by social media users after footage emerged of him resisting the attack in August 2015, is demanding 101,000 Turkish Liras in compensation from attacker ªenol Palan, daily Habertürk reported on Nov. 28.

Palan was previously sentenced to three years and six months in jail for attacking and injuring Dobbous in the fight, which erupted after the tourist accidentally spilled a fridge full of water bottles.

According to the complaint submitted by Dobbous’ lawyer Gökhan Cindemir, the Irish citizen suffered from a bone fracture that could not be healed with simple medical treatment after the attack.

“The defendant was determined by the court as the person who started and organized the attack, and was given a jail term for his role, shows that he is responsible for the damage my client suffered from,” Cindemir said in the complaint.

Dobbous was incapacitated and had to pay for treatment with his own money at a private hospital, the lawyer added.

“My client couldn’t work after the incident. He had to close the store where he was repairing cell phones and couldn’t return to his country due to his injuries,” Cindemir said.

In addition, the complaint stated that Dobbous was wrongly presented as an “aggressive alcoholic” by the shopkeepers in the original case in which Palan was sentenced.

As a result, the Irish tourist demanded a total of 1,000 liras for material damages and 100,000 liras for mental anguish.

Irish ‘boxer’ acquitted in epic brawl case – Sabah Daily News

Irish ‘boxer’ acquitted in epic brawl case


A Kuwaiti-Irish national, whose brawl with Turkish shopkeepers in Istanbul two years ago went viral after it was captured on camera, was acquitted of assault charges in a trial Wednesday.

Heavy-set Mohammed Fadel Dobbous taking out a legion of shopkeepers one by one in scenes that inspired a beat’em up game, did not attend the trial at an Istanbul court while only one of the men who was assaulted appeared before the court. ªenol Palan, the shopkeeper who broke Dobbous’s arm by hitting him with a stick, was given a suspended jail term of three years and six months.

The Irish man was trying to grab a bottle of water from a refrigerator in Palan’s shop in Istanbul’s Aksaray district when he accidentally knocked down all the bottles in the refrigerator with his muscular arm. What follows – as captured by the security camera footage – is Palan grabbing a stick and jumping on Dobbous. The tourist, who was on the street by the time the shopkeeper came at him, suddenly found himself surrounded by other shopkeepers in the area. Using his amateur boxing skills, Dobbous knocked out the men coming at him with sticks and even a chair, not flinching despite repeated blows. ªenol Palan and others have claimed Dobbous argued with him when he refused to sell him alcohol and deliberately knocked down the bottles. The Irish national had filed a complaint against the shopkeepers for his broken arm.

The court ruled that Dobbous acted in self-defense and Palan was guilty of “deliberate injury.” Judges also suspended a requested fine for Özbey and Mohammad Raie, another assailant of the Irish tourist, ruling that their kicking and punching of Dobbous “did not cause any damage.”

Dobbous, who was represented by his lawyers in yesterday’s hearing, had told the court in the first hearing that the brawl happened “because of a water bottle.”

“I don’t remember what happened next. I was trying to save my life,” he said. “When the bottles fell, the man in the shop tried to hit me with a stick. I grabbed it and threw it away. I was confused. Then, others came at me. I don’t remember their faces. One man tried to stab me in the back,” he claimed. Dobbous also said he “would be done” if he fell when the assailants hit him repeatedly.

Dobbous became an overnight sensation after the video of the almost comical beating emerged. He even received free holiday offers from Turkish tourism companies while several shops started offering “free water for Irish tourists” following the incident. A trade association whose members include shopkeepers in Aksaray has called on its members to be more tolerant and resort to legal means if they have a problem with tourists. The association then handed out leaflets to shops in Aksaray, urging them to improve their manners with tourists.

Turkish game developers even created a game called “Irish Boxer” following the incident. In the game, a character in the likeness of Dobbous starts with the “boxer” standing next to a refrigerator full of water bottles and proceeds with the character beating up angry shopkeepers wielding clubs, chairs and several other objects.

Irish-Kuwaiti tourist acquitted in street brawl case in Turkey – Hurriyet Daily News

An Irish-Kuwaiti tourist, who made headlines in August 2015 when video footage of his brawl with shopkeepers in Istanbul went viral online, was acquitted in the case by a Turkish court on July 12.

The Istanbul court acquitted Irish-Kuwaiti tourist Mohammed Fadel Dobbous, a former boxer, saying the case was a legitimate incident of self-defense so the suspect should not be punished.

The court sentenced one of the suspects who attacked Dobbous, ªenol Palan, to 3.5 years in jail on charges of “deliberate injury.”

The court also handed monetary fines to two other suspects, whose sentences were postponed.

In the incident captured on camera, Dobbous can be seen going to a corner store in Istanbul’s Aksaray neighborhood to get a bottle of water before accidentally toppling all the bottles in a refrigerator. The owner of the shop immediately confronts Dobbous, brandishing a stick and threatening him. Around 15 shopkeepers then can be seen coming to the shop owner’s support to confront Dobbous.

However, the tourist can then be seen taken on the army of Turkish shopkeepers one by one, expertly parrying blows as the attackers hurl stools and sticks at him.

After footage of the incident emerged, it was revealed that the Dobbous had in fact once been a professional boxer.



ICSID Decisions given in favor of Turkmenistan is enforced by Cindemir Law Office in Turkey.

Turkish Companies were sentenced to compensation at the International Arbitral Tribunal by Republic of Turkmenistan.

Turkmenistan’s Ministry of Justice resorted to the Turkish judicial system through Cindemir Law Office in order for Republic of Turkmenistan to collect the compensations that are contingent with the World Bank’s arbitration (ICSID), against the Turkish Companies. In the statement of the law office’s representative Lawyer Gökhan Cindemir said;

“Turkish Companies were sentenced to compensation at the International Arbitral Tribunal by Republic of Turkmenistan.”
Turkish Companies were sentenced to pay compensation to Republic of Turkmenistan by International Arbitral Tribunal. Headquarters located in Washington, “The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes Arbitration Court” shortly known as “ICSID”, rejected all claims against Republic of Turkmenistan by Turkish companies and sentenced Kılıç İnºaat A.ª. to pay a compensation of 1,078.215,00 American Dollars.

Within the frame of ten different contracts pursuant to Mutual Promotion and Protection of Investments Treaty, which is signed between Republic of Turkey and Republic of Turkmenistan in 2009, Kılıç İnºaat resorted to referring to arbitration of the World Bank against Republic of Turkmenistan with the claims of harmful activities towards the construction of the facilities, delaying the payments in this context, imposing unfair penalties, commencing judicial process unannounced and without the defendant party’s attendance. After claiming for 275.124.575 American Dollars, the lawsuit was rejected by three arbitrators by a large majority and Turkish company was sentenced to pay compensation.

In another trial, plaintiff İçKale Ltd. ªti.’s claims against Republic of Turkmenistan were rejected and aforementioned company was sentenced to pay a compensation of 1,747,521 American Dollars.

“Arbitration Board Rejected Appeal”
Appeal request by Kılıç İnºaat A.ª. against the aforementioned sentence submitted in January 13 2014 was rejected by the arbitration board in July 14 2015 and confirmed the compensation of Republic of Turkmenistan.

“Republic of Turkmenistan began the initiatives to collect their dues”
It was found out that through their lawyers in Turkey, Republic of Turkmenistan initiated the necessary legal actions against the companies that were sentenced by the arbitration in order to collect their dues.
Arbitral rulings by the ICSID in the relevant countries in accordance with “Contract of Settling the Investment Disputes between Founding Countries of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and Citizens of Other Countries”, of which Turkey is known to be a party of and is signed on 24.6.1987, are considered as a local court ruling and can be directly subjected to enforcement.

“Other International Arbitration Boards Also Decided that Turkish Companies acted under Unjust Manners”
UNCITRAL, Affiliated to United Nations, other arbitral rulings in accordance with the arbitration rules put into effect by “United Nations Council of International Trade Law” also sentenced Turkish companies to remit compensation to Republic of Turkmenistan. Within this scope, 11 Turkish claimants of the pending case (Erhas and others) and businessman Faruk Bozbey were sentenced to compensation as well.

Criminal complained against Mr. Eleftherios Sinadinos

Attorney Gokhan Cindemir filed criminal complained against Mr. Eleftherios Sinadinos by submitting application to Public Prosecutor of Istanbul for the words he mentioned in a debate on the EU-Turkey summit on 9th March 2016 (prosecution registration numbered 2016/37324, dated 11,03,2016). ,Synadinos, a member of Greece’s Golden Dawn party, told the Strasbourg-based European parliament that “as it has been expressed in scientific literature, the Turks are dirty and barbaric.” “Turks are like wild dogs when they play, but when they have to fight against their enemies, they run away,” he added. “The only effective way to deal with the Turks is with decisive and resolute attitudes.” ( )

Under Turkish Penal Code, Article 122 explicitly penalizes the conducts based on racial, lingual discrimination with motivation of hatred and in addition Article 301 of Penal code penalizes the act of a person who publicly denigrates Turkish Nation. Unlike article 122, Article 301 Paragraph (4) is subjected approval of Turkish Justice Ministry to be proceeded. Accordingly, we are in the stage of waiting for approval decision of Turkish Justice Ministry to initiate prosecution for the crime which was committed explicitly in Strasbourg, France. Turkish Authorities may also request from European Parliament to give a statement regarding racist speech of Mr. Synadinos. It is believed that painful memories and unforgettable experiences of Europe stemming from WW2 will lead the Parliament for cooperation with Turkish Authorities in order to prevent further breaches of article 165 of the rules of procedure representing a breach of the values of the EU.

Under Turkish Penal Code, alleged crime is also committed in territory of Turkey by means of press and broadcast. In our complaint, alleged crimes attributed to Mr. Synadinos mentioned as the following:

Article 122

-(1) Any person who makes discrimination between individuals because of their racial, lingual, religious, sexual, political, philosophical belief or opinion, or for being supporters of different sects and therefore;
a) Prevents sale, transfer of movable or immovable property, or performance of a service, or
benefiting from a service, or bounds employment or unemployment ofa person to above listed reasons,
b) Refuses to deliver nutriments or to render a public service,
c) Prevents a person to perform an ordinary economic activity, is sentenced to imprisonment from six months to one year or imposed punitive fine.

Article 301
Denigrating the Turkish Nation, the State of the Turkish Republic, the Institutions and Organs of the State
1. A person who publicly denigrates Turkish Nation, the State of the Republic of Turkey, the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, the Government of the Republic of Turkey or the judicial bodies of the State, shall be sentenced a penalty of imprisonment for a term of six months and two years.
2. A person who publicly denigrates the military or security structures shall be punishable according to the first paragraph.
3. Expressions of thought intended to criticize shall not constitute a crime.
4. The prosecution under this article shall be subject to the approval of the Minister of Justice.

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Prosecutor demanded acquittal of our client ” Irish Tourist” based on the defence of Cindemir Law Office

A Turkish prosecutor has demanded the acquittal of an Irish-Kuwaiti tourist who made headlines in August 2015 when video footage of his brawl with Turkish shopkeepers in Istanbul went viral.

The indictment, which was prepared by Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor Mehmet Sami Çağlayan, said Irish-Kuwaiti tourist and complainant-suspect Mohammed Fadel Dobbous legally defended himself in accordance with the 25th Article of Turkish criminal law over self-defense and compulsory situation in his brawl with Turkish shopkeepers in Istanbul’s Aksaray neighborhood.

Çağlayan also demanded jail terms for three shopkeeper suspects, ªenol Palan, Mohammed Raie and ªerafettin Özbey, ranging from five to seven years over charges of aggravated malicious wounding. In addition, the prosecutor also demanded a three-to-nine-year sentence for Fadel Dobbous but left the decision to the court, highlighting that his actions were in line with self-defense and thus demanded an acquittal.

The case will be brought to the criminal court of general jurisdiction if the indictment is accepted.

During the incident, Fadel Dobbous went to a local market in Aksaray to get a bottle of water before accidentally toppling all the bottles in a refrigerator after opening the door. The owner of the shop immediately intervened, brandishing a stick and threatening the tourist. Around 15 shopkeepers then came to the shop owner’s support carrying different tools, ranging from sticks to stools.

However, the Irish tourist beat up the army of Turkish shopkeepers one by one, parrying blows as they hurled stools and sticks at him. It later came to light that the Irish tourist had in fact been a professional boxer.

“They just picked the wrong man,” he told private broadcaster Show TV on Aug. 26, 2015, after the incident.
The video of the incident had become a trending topic on Twitter, with most users declaring Fadel Dobbous a hero.

He was also likened to a number of fictional figures, including a Spartan facing 300 Persians, the Hulk, Jackie Chan and Neo from the Matrix.


Our press statement regarding Keshia Handa

Cindemir Law Office, Istanbul, Turkey, 29.11.2015 – Those who caused the death of Phscholofist Keshia Handa are found halfly negligent due to their wrongful act stemming from lack of taking sufficient precautions in order to prevent possible injury ended with unfortunate death of victim Keshia Handa.

Under investigation file, Istanbul prosecutor claimed that hotel owner and the manager of Büyük Londra Hotel situated in Taksim commited killing by conscious negligence.

Deceased’s parents are repeated their reliance on Turkish Justice despite the fact that their daughter is also found 50 percent negligent based on lack of adequate care. They believe upon our Law Office’s objection to expert report, Turkish Justice will focus on “subjective liability criteria of misconducts” for Keshia who grew up with high standarts of living in developed country.

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