EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 44/37/95
28 February 1995
Further information on EXTRA 18/95 (EUR 44/36/95, 23 February 1995) - Fear
of "disappearance" / Extrajudicial Execution
Amnesty International has just learned that Nevzat Ersönmez was killed on 27
February 1995 at approximately 2am. His body was left in a sack in front of
the door of the minibus company for which he had worked as a driver. He had
been abducted on 14 February reportedly by members of the Anti-Terror Branch.
According to the doctor who examined Nevzat Ersönmez's body there were burn
marks, apparently from molten plastic, in the shape of the letters TC (ie:
Republic of Turkey) on several parts of his body, and marks of rope around
his neck. He had apparently been deprived of food and water.
Nevzat Ersönmez had previously been detained by members of the Anti-Terror
Branch in January 1995. On that occasion he alleged that he had been taken
into custody by plainclothes police who showed their identification. He was
driven around Diyarbak_r for two hours while being questioned, and subjected
to death threats by the policemen before being released. Reportedly at least
some of those who detained him in January were among the officers who abducted
him on 14 February.
Nevzat Ersönmez had worked as a minibus driver on the Diyarbak_r-Lice route
for five months. The minibus owner, Salih Genç, who had been detained on 1
February was found dead on the road between Diyarbak_r and Silvan. Three other
unidentified bodies were found at the same place.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters either in English or your own language:
- expressing deep concern at the murder of Nevzat Ersönmez, detained on 14
February in Diyarbak_r, held in unacknowledged police custody, and found dead
on 27 February;
- asking what measures the authorities took in response to Amnesty
International's appeal to find Nevzat Ersönmez while he was still alive;
- urging that a prompt and full investigation be conducted into the death
of Nevzat Ersönmez, Salih Genç, and the three unidentified men found killed
on the Silvan road;
- asking to be informed of the outcome of the investigations.
1) Diyarbak_r Chief of Police:
Mr R_dvan Güler
Diyarbak_r Emniyet Müdürlü_ü