EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 44/30/95
13 February 1995
Further information on EXTRA 03/95 (EUR 44/05/95, 10 January 1995) - and
follow-up: EUR 44/08/95, also 10 January 1995 - Fear of Torture
TURKEY Hüseyin Aksoy _eyda Gül (female)
Zöhre Aksoy (female) Hüseyin Demirli
Kiraz Özcan (female) Tacim _im_ek
Emine Akcan (female) Mürüvvet Günel (female)
_smet Dursun _ükrü Ta_
Osman ..... Kemal Yad_rg_
Ahmet Mete Kekeç Hüseyin Toprak
Kemal Yad_rg_, _smet Dursun, Hüseyin Aksoy, _eyda Gül and Hüseyin Demirli were
formally arrested on 13 January and are now in Sa_malc_lar Prison awaiting
trial. All others were released.
On 16 January, Necdet Menzir, Istanbul Chief of Police, replied to a member
of the Urgent Action network: "Hüseyin Aksoy, Zöhre Aksoy, Tac_m _im_ek,
Mürüvvet Günel, _ükrü Ta_, Kemal Yad_rg_, _eyda Gül, Hüseyin Demirli, Kiraz
Özcan, Emine Akcan, _smet Durson, Ahmet Mete Kekeç were brought to the
Anti-Terror Branch because of their activities in the illegal Revolutionary
Communist Party of Turkey. During their period of detention, they were not
subjected to any ill-treatment".
After his release, _ükrü Ta_ gave Amnesty International the following account:
"I was detained on 5 January 1995, early in the morning - they broke down the
door. They were plainclothes police with automatic weapons and some had body
armour. They beat me up and took me and my wife in. After two hours we were
taken to Gayrettepe [Istanbul Police Headquarters]. They raided other houses.
No weapons were found in any of the houses. My wife was released the following
day, but I stayed in police custody until 13 January.
The interrogation, the taking down of statements and similar activities went
on upstairs from the police cells. Torture took place somewhere below the cells.
The place where torture happened was wet underfoot and smelled badly of
excrement. They hung me by the arms seven or eight times. They bound my forearms
together behind my back with a thick material. Sometimes they hung me high
with my feet off the ground, sometimes low with the tips of my toes just touching.
When I passed out they took me down and brought me round with cold water. Of
course, I was completely naked and blindfolded. They also laid me down and
beat me on the soles of the feet. They attempted to rape me with a truncheon
- by pushing it against my rectum. They squeezed my testicles. They also pulled
my hair. The torture sessions mainly took place at night, but also towards
the evening. The interrogators said, 'We do not want to torture you, but you
give us no choice. Make a statement, do not make it hard for yourself'. I
explained that I could not admit something that I had never done.
Everybody who was detained was at least beaten, as far as I know. _eyda Gül
and Hüseyin Demirli were suspended by the arms, and Kemal Yad_rg_ was tortured
too. The women were sworn at and sexually harassed. I heard Ismet Dursun shouting
and screaming several times. When I met him on the way to the toilets his eyes
were bruised and he told me that he had been tortured very badly. He could