The tweet has been deleted — and we don’t speak Turkish — but according to numerous Twitter users, Emrullah İşler, the former deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, really did say that.

Today’s Zaman translates İşler’s comments as follows:

“What was the crime of the youth who died after he was struck by stones in the head? Even ISIL cannot hold a candle to those who did this. ISIL also kills, but at least does not torture.”

İşler posted the tweet after Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) sympathizers reportedly “threw stones on the head of a 16-year-old teeenager, leading to his death.”