Turkey: Fear of torture
Cuma Meral, held under the name of Hasan Hasgul, Hasan Ozan, held under the name of Ali Berkoglu, Erdogan Ber, held under the name of Kamber Gol, Arif Celebi, Suleyman Yeter, Mukkades Celik (f), Zabit Iltemur, Birsen Kaya (f), Necati Abay, Abidin Ezgin, Ismail Ezgin, Sedat Senoglu, Enver Akca, Ayse Erdogan (f), her son Deniz Erdogan, and her husband Dogan Erdogan, Mustafa Ozturk, Sultan Secik (f), Asiye Zeybek (f), Gonul Karagoz (f), Bayram Namaz: Some 26 people, including those named above, were detained in Istanbul during the night of 22 February 1997 by police. They are being held incommunicado at the Anti-Terror Branch of Istanbul Police Headquarters in Aksaray. The prosecutor's office has given the police permission to hold the detainees until 7 March. It is feared that they are being interrogated under torture.