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EXTRA 13/93 - Turkey: fear of torture: Adnan Alp, Besra Eksen, Salih Dindar, Celal Sekeroglu, Saniye Aktas, Mahmut Fakhani, Kemal Sahin, Haydar Demir, Guler (second name unknown)

, Index number: EUR 44/010/1993

Adnan Alp was returned to the office of the Kurdish-owned newspaper Yeni Ulke on 10 February 1993 and beaten in front of the staff by 15-20 plainclothes police. Police also searched the offices, causing damage and disorder. Adnan Alp and the others named above remain in incommunicado detention at the Anti-Terror Branch of Istanbul Police Headquarters. Released detainees report that Besra Eksen, a member of the People's Labour Party, was being badly tortured.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: 44/10/93
Distr: UA/SC
EXTRA 13/93 Fear of Torture 11 February 1993
TURKEY: Adnan Alp, owner of MELSA Publishing House
Besra Eksen (female), member of People's Labour Party HEP
Salih Dindar, board member of Mesopotamia Culture Centre
Celal _ekero_lu, Mesopotamia Culture Centre
Saniye Akta_ (female), Mesopotamia Culture Centre
Mahmut Fakhani
Kemal _ahin
Haydar Demir
Güler from journal Özgür Halk (second name is not
known to Amnesty International)
Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of scores of people, including
those named above, who have been detained during the past few days in an ongoing
police operation in Istanbul.
On 9 February 1993, five people were detained at the office of the Kurdish
owned newspaper Yeni Ülke and four were released the following day. However,
one of them, Adnan Alp, was brought back to the newspaper office by the police
on 10 February, where he was beaten by 15-20 plainclothes policemen who were
armed with automatic weapons. They beat him in front of the staff who could
see that he was in a very poor state of health and then took him back to the
police headquarters. Police also searched the offices of Yeni Ülke and of the
journal Welat which is located in the same building. The police searched through
their archives and confiscated film negatives, causing considerable damage
and disorder.
Adnan Alp and the other eight people named above, who were detained at various
places in Istanbul on or around 9 February 1993, are held incommunicado at
the Anti-Terror Branch of Istanbul Police Headquarters. Released detainees
have reported that Besra Eksen was being badly tortured.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Turkey ratified the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture on 25
February 1988 and the UN Convention Against Torture on 2 August 1988. However,
all information available to Amnesty International indicates that torture is
still widespread and systematic in Turkey. Most allegations relate to
ill-treatment of detainees in police custody during their initial interrogation
when they are usually denied access to relatives or a lawyer. New legislation
to shorten the maximum detention period came into force on 1 December 1992.
Now the normal maximum period of 24 hours, for which a non-political detainee
may be held before being formally charged or released, may be extended to eight
days in cases of ordinary crimes involving three or more suspects. Detainees
held on suspicion of political offences to be tried in State Security Courts
may be held without charge for 15 days. This period may be extended to 30 days
in provinces under emergency legislation or martial law. Emergency legislation
is currently in force in 10 provinces in the southeast.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
letters either in English or in your own language:
- expressing concern about the alleged beating of Adnan Alp by police officers
at the office of Yeni Ülke on 10 February 1993;
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- urging that Adnan Alp and others detained in Istanbul on or around 9 February
1993 (including those named above) are not subjected to torture or
ill-treatment;
- asking on what charges they have been detained.
APPEALS TO:
1) Istanbul Chief of Police:
Mr Necdet Menzir
Istanbul Emniyet Müdürü
_stanbul, Turkey
Telegrams: Emniyet Muduru, Istanbul, Turkey
Telexes: 30811 IEHM TR, 30812 EMMH TR or
26177 IEMT TR
Faxes: + 90 1 526 8100
Salutation: Dear Sir
2) Minister of the Interior:
Mr _smet Sezgin
_çi_leri Bakanl___
06644 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Interior Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Telexes: 46369 ICSL TR
Faxes: + 90 4 418 1795
Salutation: Dear Minister
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
President of the Parliamentary Human Rights Commission:
Mr Sabri Yavuz
_nsan Haklar_ Ara_t_rma Komisyonu Ba_kan_
TBMM
Ankara, Turkey
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 25 February 1993.

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