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Gay Syrian refugee beheaded in Turkey

Muhammed Wisam Sankari
Muhammed Wisam Sankari

A gay Syrian refugee has been found decapitated in Istanbul, a Turkish rights organisation said.

The severely mutilated body of Muhammed Wisam Sankari was discovered on July 25, two days after he left his house, Kaos GL said in a statement.

He was only identified by his housemates by his clothing, the gay rights group added.

Mr Sankari had been kidnapped and raped by a group of men in Istanbul in a previous attack and was trying to leave Turkey for another country, believing his life was in danger, Kaos GL said.

He had arrived in Istanbul a year ago, the group said.

Homosexuality is legal in Turkey but rights groups say hate crimes against the LGBT community are common.