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UA 374/94 Possible Extrajudicial Executions/Fear for safety11 October 1994
TURKEY Mehmet Salih Sabuttekin, HADEP official in Yüre_ir, Adana
Rebih Çabuk, HADEP president in Yüre_ir, father of five
Sefer Cerf, HADEP Yüre_ir board member, father of eight
Samet Yaman, HADEP president in Adana
Ma_allah Kasaphan, HADEP board member in Adana
Hakk_ Kuru, HADEP board member in Seyhan, Adana
Abdurrahman Yakut, former HADEP president in Yüre_ir
_ehmuz Özgün, HADEP board member in Seyhan
There is serious concern for the safety of officials of the Adana branch of
the People's Labour Party (HADEP) who have seen three of their colleagues killed
in recent days, and who themselves have received death threats.
On 28 September, HADEP official Mehmet Salih Sabuttekin was shot dead by two
unidentified assailants as he left his home in Yüre_ir, a district of Adana.
Eye-witnesses claim they saw a red Toros car in the area, which they recognized
as belonging to the Anti-Terror Branch of Adana Police Headquarters. Samet
Yaman and Rebih Çabuk, also HADEP officials, said their car was followed as
they left Mehmet Salih Sabuttekin's house after paying their respects to his
The month before, on 13 August, Rebih Çabuk's house had been visited by four
plainclothes police who came to "check" that he was resident there. He was
not at home, but his wife reported that the police forced her into a car and
drove her around for two hours while subjecting her to threats and insults
and interrogating her about who visited their house. On 3 October Rebih Çabuk
and fellow HADEP official Sefer Cerf were shot in Güneydo_u café in the Mutlu
district of Adana, reportedly by a blond man of medium height, aged 30 to 35.
The gunman ran down Street 1275, met a thin dark boy, aged about 15, at the
bridge joining the Mutlu and _ehit Erkut Akbay districts, and the two escaped
on a motorcycle and a bicycle. Sever Cerf died immediately. Rebih Çabuk and
a third man, Salih Satan, who was wounded in the leg, were taken to hospital,
where Rebih Çabuk died.
On 4 October, Ahmet Dizman, who had driven the two men to hospital, was reportedly
abducted by plainclothes police officers in a white Renault car, (reg: 01 HC
644). He was driven out of the city where he was punched and beaten with the
butt of a weapon. His jaw was broken. According to his brother, the abductors
told Ahmet Dizman it was because he had attended Rebih Çabuk's funeral and
because he had refused to be an informer, telling him, "We are police officers".
The car is known as a police car.
On 8 October, HADEP official _ehmuz Özgün, together with 28 women, went to
Rebih Çabuk's house to pay their respects. The minibus in which they were
travelling was stopped in the Yenido_an district of Adana by police and the
women were insulted and slapped. _ehmuz Özgün was taken to the PTT Evleri
Police Station where he was interrogated about his address and his place of
work. He was subjected to death threats and warned not to work for HADEP.
Meanwhile the police have visited the houses of Ma_allah Kasaphan, Hakk_ Kuru
and Abdurrahman Yakut in Adana to "check" that they are living there. Samet
Yaman, has repeatedly received death threats by telephone.