Document - Turkey: Further information on fear of torture / medical concern: Ahmet Duzgun Yuksel, Sabahat Varol (f)

EXTERNAL (for general distribution)AI Index: EUR 44/73/95

Distr: UA/SC

26 June 1995

Further information on EXTRA 77/95 (EUR 44/72/95, 23 June 1995) - Fear of Torture / Medical Concern

TURKEYAhmet Düzgün Yüksel, lawyer, member of Istanbul Bar Association

Sabahat Varol (f), journalist of Devrimci Gençlik magazine

Ahmet Düzgün Yüksel was released on 26 June 1995, but Sabahat Varol is still being held at Istanbul Police Headquarters.

Ahmet Düzgün Yüksel reported to Amnesty International that he and Sabahat Varol were taken to the Anti-Terror Branch of the Istanbul Police Headquarters on the evening of 20 June 1995. There he says that he was subjected to hanging by his wrists during the first session of interrogation.

Ahmet Düzgün Yüksel believes he was released due to public pressure in Turkey and from abroad. He wishes to thank all those who participated in that pressure.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/airmail letters either in English or in your own language:

- expressing concern for the safety Sabahat Varol who is being held at Istanbul Police Headquarters;

- calling for her to be given prompt access to family and legal counsel;

- seeking assurances that she is not being subjected to torture or any other form of ill-treatment;

- urging that she be brought promptly before a judge;

- asking to be informed of the charges brought against her.


1) Istanbul Chief of Police:

Mr Necdet Menzir

Istanbul Emniyet Müdürü

İstanbul, Turkey

Telegrams: Emniyet Muduru, Istanbul, Turkey

Telexes: 30811 IEHM TR or 30812 EMMH TR

Faxes: +90 212 6351830

Salutation: Dear Chief of Police

2) Minister of Justice:

Mr Mehmet Moğultay

Adalet Bakanlığı

06659 Ankara, Turkey

Telegrams: Justice Minister, Ankara, Turkey

Faxes: +90 312 417 3954

Salutation: Dear Minister

3) Minister of the Interior:

Mr Nahit Menteşe

İçişleri Bakanlığı

06644 Ankara, Turkey

Telegrams: Interior Minister, Ankara, Turkey

Faxes: +90 312 418 1066; 418 1795

Salutation: Dear Minister


State Minister with responsibility for Human Rights:

Mr Algan Hacaloğlu

Office of the Prime Minister


06573 Ankara, Turkey

Faxes: +90 312 417 0476

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 July 1995.

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