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Turkey: Further information on fear of torture or ill-treatment / fear of "disappearance": Selami Altay

, Index number: EUR 44/046/1999

Selami Altay was brought to Urfa Prosecutor's Office on 27 June 1999 and formally charged with assisting an illegal organization, and was committed to Urfa prison. He has reportedly told his lawyers that he was tortured in detention at Gaziantep police headquarters and had suffered a heart attack after electro-shock torture.

PUBLIC AI Index: EUR 44/46/99
2 July 1999
Further information on EXTRA 78/99 (EUR 44/45/99, 30 June 1999) - Fear of torture
or ill-treatment / Fear of “disappearance”
TURKEYSelami Altay
Amnesty International has learnt that Selami Altay was brought to Urfa
Prosecutor’s Office on 27 June 1999 and formally charged with assisting an
illegal organization, under Article 169 of the Turkish Penal Code. He was
committed to Urfa Prison, where he is now held.
Selami Altay told his lawyers that he had been tortured in detention at Gaziantep
police headquarters in an attempt to extract a confession from him, and that
he had suffered a heart attack after electro-shock torture. His lawyers noted
that he still had blood around his mouth at their meeting with him. However,
doctors who examined him at Urfa State Hospital did not record that he had
any injuries or health problems caused by torture. It is thought that the police
held Selami Altay in custody for only one day because they were afraid he might
die under torture. In breach of procedures laid down by Article 181 of the
Turkish Penal Code, Gaziantep police headquarters failed to inform his relatives
that he was held in police custody and apparently kept no record of his detention.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail letters in
English or your own language:
- (to the Minister of Justice) asking for an independent and comprehensive
investigation into Selami Altay’s allegations that he was tortured in police
custody, and that those responsible should be brought to justice;
- (to the General Director of Prisons) asking that Selami Altay be given access
to adequate medical treatment while he is held in prison;
- (to the Minister of the Interior) reminding the authorities of the need to
open detention records for scrutiny by families of detainees and by lawyers,
and urging them to prosecute officers who fail to keep proper records as set
out under Article 181 of the Turkish Penal Code.
APPEALS TO:
Minister of Justice
Professor Hikmet Sami Türk
Adalet Bakan_, Adalet Bakanl___,
06659 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Adalet Bakan_, Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: + 90 312 418 5667
Salutation: Dear Minister
General Director of Prisons
Mr Ali Suat Ertosun
Ceza ve Tevkifevleri Genel Müdürü,
Adalet Bakanl___
06659 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Ceza ve Tevkifevleri Genel Müdürü, Adalet Bakanl___, Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: + 90 312425 4819
Salutation: Dear Director
Minister of the Interior
Mr Saadettin Tantan, Içi_leri Bakanÿ
Içiÿleri Bakanl___, 06644 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Içi_leri Bakanÿ, Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: + 90 312 418 9208
Salutation: Dear Minister
COPIES TO:
State Minister with responsibility for Human Rights
Mr Mehmet Ali Irtemçelik, Office of the Prime Minister
Ba_bakanl_k, 06573 Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: + 90 312 417 0476
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 2 August 1999.

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