"My family and I were destroyed, but Hakan did not even appear sad," the victim's brother said
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on February 18, 2021. It has since been updated.
32-year-old Semra Aysal who was heavily pregnant at the time of her demise would have never thought that she would fall to her death from the very same spot where she was taking a photo with her husband. One can't imagine the horror the poor woman must have felt when her husband was trying to push her off the 1,000ft beauty spot in Turkey. The husband, Hakan Aysal, aged 40, had apparently done so to cash in on her life insurance, reported the Daily Star UK.
Prosecutors argued that the death wasn't an accident but a deliberate murder to claim Semra's life insurance. They also pointed out that Aysal had taken out her life insurance a short while before her death. "(Hakan Aysal) planned the murder of his wife by first taking out a personal accident insurance on her behalf with a guarantee of 400,000 Turkish Lira (TRY) and where the only beneficiary was himself," states the indictment prepared for the crime of 'deliberate murder' against the husband.
Prosecutors further claimed that the only reason Hakan got her to sit on top of the cliff for three hours was to ensure that he found the right time when no one was around and as soon as he realized that they were alone, he deliberately killed her by pushing her off the cliff. It was further noted that Aysal had claimed the insurance payment of TRY 400,000 ($57,328) a short while later, but it was declined when news of the investigation was unveiled. The Fethiye High Criminal Court ruled that he be remanded in custody for premeditated murder, reported the Daily Star UK.
In a video interview conducted by the court, Semra's brother Naim Yolcu said, "When we went to the Forensic Medicine Institute to get the body, Hakan was sitting in the car. My family and I were destroyed, but Hakan did not even appear sad." Yolcu further added that Semra was "always against taking out loans". He then said, "However, after she died, we learned that she had three loans taken by Hakan on behalf of my sister. Also, she had a fear of heights, what extreme sport is she going to be doing when she is scared of heights?"
When asked about the questionable insurance premiums, Hakan explained, "I have been interested in extreme sports since 2014; parachute, bungee jumping, rafting. That is why I had life insurance before I got married." Hakan was then questioned about an article in the accident personal insurance stating which states "in case Semra Aysal dies, her heir will be husband Hakan Aysal. In case Hakan Aysal dies, his heirs will be family relatives".
Hakan then explained the statement saying, "I did not examine the policy much. The banker arranged the paperwork. I just brought it to my wife to get it signed. I was not aware that there was such an article."
Hakan has denied being responsible for her death."After taking a photo, my wife put the phone in her bag. Later she asked me to give her the phone. I got up and then heard my wife scream behind me when I walked a few steps away to get the phone from her bag. When I turned back, she was not there. I did not push my wife," he said. The investigation is still going on, reported the Daily Star UK.