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Further information on UA 255/93 (EUR 44/76/93, 5 August) - Turkey: "disappearance": Ferhat Tepe

, Index number: EUR 44/077/1993

On 4 August, Isak Tepe, Ferhat's father, received a second telephone call from the abductors, which he taped. The caller complained that Isak Tepe had not closed the Democracy Party (DEP) offices, and again threatened that his son would be killed unless one billion Turkish Lira was paid to an address in Elazig. The house belonged to Mehmet Senol and Hasan Deger, two journalists also with the newspaper Ozgur Gundem, who had been detained some weeks earlier. Isak Tepe claims to recognize the caller's voice as being that of an army officer who he had met about two weeks before his son's abduction. The Bitlis police have said they could not interfere with the military authorities and are believed to have made no serious effort to investigate the abduction.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 44/77/93
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6 August 1993
Further information on UA 255/93 (EUR 44/76/93, 5 August 1993) - "Disappearance"
TURKEY:Ferhat Tepe, correspondent for the daily newspaper Özgür Gündem in Bitlis
Amnesty International has just learned that the abductors of Ferhat Tepe have made
further contact with his family. The organization remains seriously concerned for
his safety.
On the morning of 4 August 1993, at 3.10am, _sak Tepe, Ferhat's father, received
a second telephone call from the abductors which he taped. The caller complained
that _sak Tepe had not closed the DEP (Democracy Party) offices as he had been
instructed in his telephone call of 29 July and threatened, "If you do not take one
billion Turkish Lira to an address in Elaz__, we will kill your son. At this address
live Mehmet _enol and Hasan De_er who will be able to pass the money on to the right
people." _sak Tepe went to Bitlis Police Headquarters and handed over a tape of
the telephone conversation. He then set out for Elaz__ together with three of his
relatives. While they were on their way, a telephone call came through to his
sister-in-law in Tatvan. The caller said that Ferhat Tepe would be exchanged for
her son, who is alleged to have joined the guerillas, if he surrendered to the armed
forces. When _sak Tepe arrived in Elaz__, he went to the given address together with
the local police who had already searched the apartment and found that it was empty.
Mehmet _enol and Hasan De_er, both journalists with the same newspaper as Ferhat
Tepe, Özgür Gündem, had lived at the apartment for some time. They were detained
some three weeks ago and gave the address to the police as their place of residence.
However, _sak Tepe spoke with neighbours there who confirmed that the two journalists
had left some weeks ago.
_sak Tepe claims to recognize the voice of the caller as being that of an army officer
whom he had met about two weeks before the abduction of his son at a meeting between
the officer and local politicians to discuss what should be done about the prevailing
situation in southeast Turkey. During that meeting the officer had very strongly
criticized DEP, of which _sak Tepe is the provincial president, for always making
an effort to claim from the security forces the bodies of dead guerrillas to give
them a proper burial. He said "You own up to their bodies, but you don't mourn the
deaths of the soldiers killed in the conflict who come from places like Afyon, Bal_kesir
or Kayseri". The officer specifically asked _sak Tepe what children he had. In the
second telephone call from the abductors, the caller told _sak Tepe "Now you can
feel the pain that the families of the killed soldiers feel".
_sak Tepe told the police after the first telephone call from the abductors that
he thought the voice of the caller sounded like that of an officer he had met. The
police said they could not interfere with the military authorities. _sak Tepe has
also appealed to the Governor of Bitlis province that the officer should be questioned.
The Governor sent him to the brigade headquarters to see the officer himself, but
when _sak Tepe arrived there, the officer was on leave. Another officer told _sak
Tepe: "You have to find him yourself."
_sak Tepe has sent appeals to the Prime Minister, the Interior Minister and the Chief
of General Staff, but has received no reply. The police in Bitlis are said to have
made no serious effort to investigate the abduction and to establish the whereabouts
of Ferhat Tepe.
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FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
letters in English or your own language:
- expressing grave concern for the life of Ferhat Tepe, abducted in Bitlis on 28
July 1993 by an unidentified person;
- urging that _sak Tepe's allegations that an army officer may be linked to his son's
abduction be investigated;
- urging that all possible steps are taken without further delay to establish the
whereabouts of Ferhat Tepe and to secure his release.
APPEALS TO
1) Chief of the Turkish General Staff:
General Do_an Güre_
Bakanl_klar
Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: General Güre_, Bakanliklar, Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: + 90 4 418 1795
Salutation: Dear General
2) Chief of Staff of the Gendarmerie:
Orgeneral Ayd_n _lter
Jandarma Kuvvetleri Komutanl___
Bakanl_klar
6100 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Jandarma Genel Komutani, Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: + 90 4 418 0476
Salutation: Dear General
3) Prime Minister:
Mrs Tansu Çiller
Ba_bakanl_k
06573 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Prime Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Telexes: 44061/44062/44063 bbmt tr
42099 basb tr, 42875 bbk tr
Faxes: + 90 4 417 04 76, + 90 4 230 88 96
Salutation: Dear Prime Minister
4) Minister of the Interior:
Mr Mehmet Gazio_lu
_çi_leri Bakanl___
06644 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Interior Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: + 90 4 418 1795
Salutation: Dear Minister
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Minister of Foreign Affairs:
Mr Hikmet Çetin
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
D__i_leri Bakanl___
06100 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 16 September 1993.

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