PUBLIC AI Index: EUR 44/032/2001
4 May 2001
Further information on UA 368/00 (EUR 44/66/00, 1 December 2000) - Fear of
TURKEYSelahattin Bayram, aged 30
Cemile Durmaz (f), aged 26
Amnesty International has learnt that Selahattin Bayram and Cemile Durmaz were
released from Diyarbak_r Police Headquarters on 4 December 2000. They had been
held incommunicado since 26 November, when they were arrested on suspicion
of helping the armed opposition group Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Selahattin Bayram has complained that he was tortured in custody. He was
reportedly beaten, given electric shocks, had his testicles squeezed and
threatened with death. The following is extracted from his testimony, which
AI has recently received:
“A few civil police suddenly collared me. When I asked them why they were
arresting me, one of pulled out his gun and threatened me, saying ‘don’t
speak or I’ll kill you’. Marching me about 300 metres, they brought me
to their vehicle. At this point they were continually punching and kicking
me, and striking me with the butts of their rifles. When I asked the
reason for all this, they said ‘you joined the protest’.
Afterwards they put me in a vehicle and said ‘take us to your sister’s household’.
So I took them to my sister’s house. They made me wait in the vehicle
and some police went upstairs to my sister’s home. After being made to
wait there for about half an hour, they detained my 13-year-old nephew,
blindfolded us and took us to a place known to belong to the riot police...
About 10-15 minutes later they put me in a vehicle and took me to the
emergency ward of the state hospital... Blood was still flowing from
both my head and face... I was scared of the police who were accompanying
me, so when the doctor asked the reason for the bleeding, I said ‘I fell’.
Afterwards, they put me in a car again and brought me back to the riot police
station... I subsequently learnt that they had let my nephew go three
or four hours later, after he had been made to sign some papers.
I was made to wait in a cell for 10-15 minutes, and they then took me for
interrogation... They stripped me naked and made me lie on my back. They
tied my arms and feet and attached a cable to my sexual organ. They gave
me electric shocks by applying another cable to my left nipple. Later,
they placed that cable against my stomach and gave electric shocks again.
Afterwards, while I was lying in the same position, they poured water
over me and squeezed my testicles. When I did not accept their accusations,
they repeated the torture...
Later on, they untied my arms and legs and took me somewhere else. They began
to spray pressurised water at me. Afterwards they handcuffed me to a
door completely naked, and made me stand in this fashion for three or
four hours. Because I was blindfolded while they were carrying out all
these acts of torture, I could not see those who were torturing me...
Afterwards, they wanted me to put my clothes on... they took me to a cell...
I stayed in the cell for nine days. They took me for interrogation every