Document - Turkey: Further information on fear of "disappearance" / fear of extrajudicial execution: Nevzat Ersonmez
EXTERNAL (for general distribution)AI Index: EUR 44/37/95
28 February 1995
Further information on EXTRA 18/95 (EUR 44/36/95, 23 February 1995) - Fear of "disappearance" / Extrajudicial Execution
Amnesty International has just learned that Nevzat Ersönmez was killed on 27 February 1995 at approximately 2am. His body was left in a sack in front of the door of the minibus company for which he had worked as a driver. He had been abducted on 14 February reportedly by members of the Anti-Terror Branch.
According to the doctor who examined Nevzat Ersönmez's body there were burn marks, apparently from molten plastic, in the shape of the letters TC (ie: Republic of Turkey) on several parts of his body, and marks of rope around his neck. He had apparently been deprived of food and water.
Nevzat Ersönmez had previously been detained by members of the Anti-Terror Branch in January 1995. On that occasion he alleged that he had been taken into custody by plainclothes police who showed their identification. He was driven around Diyarbakır for two hours while being questioned, and subjected to death threats by the policemen before being released. Reportedly at least some of those who detained him in January were among the officers who abducted him on 14 February.
Nevzat Ersönmez had worked as a minibus driver on the Diyarbakır-Lice route for five months. The minibus owner, Salih Genç, who had been detained on 1 February was found dead on the road between Diyarbakır and Silvan. Three other unidentified bodies were found at the same place.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail letters either in English or your own language:
- expressing deep concern at the murder of Nevzat Ersönmez, detained on 14 February in Diyarbakır, held in unacknowledged police custody, and found dead on 27 February;
- asking what measures the authorities took in response to Amnesty International's appeal to find Nevzat Ersönmez while he was still alive;
- urging that a prompt and full investigation be conducted into the death of Nevzat Ersönmez, Salih Genç, and the three unidentified men found killed on the Silvan road;
- asking to be informed of the outcome of the investigations.
1) Diyarbakır Chief of Police:
Mr Rıdvan Güler
Diyarbakır Emniyet Müdürlüğü
Telegrams: Emniyet Mudurlugu, Diyarbakir, Turkey
Salutation: Dear Sir
2) Chief Prosecutor at Diyarbakır State Security Court:
Mr Bekir Selçuk
Devlet Güvenlik Mahkemesi
Telegrams: DGM Bassavcisi, Diyarbakir, Turkey
Salutation: Dear Sir
3) Deputy Prime Minister:
Mr Murat Karayalçın
06573 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Deputy Prime Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Telex: 44061/44062/44063 bbmt tr
42099 basb tr
42875 bbk tr
Faxes: +90 312 417 0476 Deputy PRIME MINISTER
Salutation: Dear Deputy Prime Minister
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
President of the Parliamentary Human Rights Commission:
Mr Sabri Yavuz
İnsan Hakları Araştırma Komisyonu Başkanı
Faxes: +90 312 420 5394
and to diplomatic representatives of Turkey accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat, or your section office, if sending appeals after 28 March 1995.