Jail term sought over gassing of 'lady in red' in Turkey

A police officer faces prosecution for spraying tear-gas at a woman during anti-government protests in Turkey last summer.

Ceyda Sungur - commonly referred to as the "lady in red" - became a symbol of resistance after images of the incident went viral across the world.

The moment a police officer sprays tear gas into the face of a protester in Taksim Square, central Istanbul Credit: Reuters

According to Turkish media reports, Fatih Zengin is accused of using excessive force by spraying Ms Sungur from less than a metre away even though she had not been engaged in any provocative acts,

If found guilty, the police officer could be jailed for up to three years, a legal source told Reuters.