The brothers Tahsin and Hac_ Adl_k were released on or around 7 November. M.
_irin Do_an was released on 30 November.
Some of those detained have now been formally arrested. These include M. Nuri
Adl_k and others who were not named in the original action - Mehmet Kaya, Ahmet
Aydin, Osman Aslan, Ebeddin Soyut and Fahrettin _nal. They were charged with
aiding and sheltering guerrillas of the PKK on 4 December. Some of them had
been found in the possession of firearms and were also charged with unlawful
possession of a weapon.
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All of the detainees, except Habib Y_lmaz, are said to have reported that they
were tortured while in police custody with falaka (beating the soles of the
feet) and hanging by the wrists. Fahrettin _nal had been taken to a deserted
place and then threatened that he would be killed. None was issued with a medical
certificate when examined by a doctor at the end of the detention period as
is routine procedure.
The state prosecutor stated that he was investigating the death in custody
of Ramazan Altunsöz, the third in Batman this year. Thirteen detainees
altogether have died in police custody in Turkey this year.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters in English or your own language:
- noting that detainees allege having been tortured at Batman Police
Headquarters where three detainees have died already this year;
- expressing concern about the safety of those detainees still held in
incommunicado detention at Batman Police Headquarters, in particular the
brothers _rfan and Salih Solak who have been held for more than 30 days, in
violation of legal detention procedures;
- urging that all those still held in police custody in Batman be permitted
access to their families and to legal counsel, and that they are not subjected
to any form of torture or ill-treatment,
- repeating your call for a thorough and impartial investigation into the death
in custody of Ramazan Altunsöz who died in Batman Police Headquarters at the
end of October 1992, and that those responsible be brought promptly to justice.
1) Batman Public Prosecutor:
Mr Mustafa Yücel Salutation: Dear Sir
Telegrams: Cumhuriyet Savcisi, Batman, Turkey
2) Minister of Justice:
Mr Seyfi Oktay Salutation: Dear Minister
06659 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Justice Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: + 90 4 425 40 66