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Turkey dating show contestant reveals he killed ex partners

  • 9 May 2014
  • From the section Europe
Image from dating show Luck of the Draw showing man who admitted he had killed two partners
Image caption Sefer Calinak was asked to leave the show by the host of Flash TV's Luck of the Draw

A man who appeared on a Turkish television dating show shocked the audience by revealing he had murdered his former wife and a former lover.

Sefer Calinak, 62, told Flash TV's Luck of the Draw he had served prison sentences for both murders and had been released under an amnesty programme.

"I'm an honest person looking for a new wife," he said.

Calinak was asked to leave the show by the host, in an episode that made headlines in Turkish newspapers.

He explained that he had murdered his first wife - also his cousin - out of jealousy.

He said he then killed his subsequent lover accidentally, "when I swung an axe".

In an interview after the show, the man vowed not to kill his next partner.

"Women would leave me after I told them that I murdered my previous wives. But I spent 14 years in jail. I have changed," he told the Haberturk newspaper.

The head of Turkey's Media Monitoring Group , Hulya Ugur Tanriover, was quoted by Hurriyet newspaper as saying a complaint should be filed against the programme.

She said the criminal records of the participant should have been checked.

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