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EXTRA 42/93 - Turkey: fear of torture: Ahmet Kosemehmetoglu, Hasan Yuksel, Erkan Celebi, and seven others (names unknown)

, Índice: EUR 44/042/1993

Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of the above people, who were detained by police in the Bakirkoy-Gungoren district of Istanbul on 27 April 1993. All ten detainees are now being interrogated in incommunicado detention at the Anti-Terror Branch of Istanbul Police Headquarters and it is feared that they may be subjected to torture. Ahmet Kosemehmetoglu, an asthma sufferer, has previously been detained and remanded in custody for membership of the Turkish Revolutionary Communist Party.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 44/42/93
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EXTRA 42/93 Fear of Torture 30 April 1993
TURKEY: Ahmet Kösemehmeto_lu
Hasan Yüksel
Erkan Çelebi
and seven others (names unknown to Amnesty International)
Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of Ahmet Kösemehmeto_lu,
Hasan Yüksel, Erkan Çelebi and seven others who were detained by police in
the Bak_rköy-Güngören district of Istanbul on 27 April 1993. All ten detainees
are now being interrogated in incommunicado detention at the Anti-Terror Branch
of Istanbul Police Headquarters and it is feared that they may be subjected
to torture.
It is reported that Ahmet Kösemehmeto_lu, an asthma sufferer, has previously
been detained and remanded in custody for membership of the Turkish
Revolutionary Communist Party.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Turkey ratified the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture on 25
February 1988 and the UN Convention Against Torture on 2 August 1988. However,
all information available to Amnesty International indicates that torture is
still widespread and systematic in Turkey. Most allegations relate to
ill-treatment of detainees in police custody during their initial interrogation
when they are usually denied access to relatives or a lawyer. New legislation
to shorten the maximum detention period came into force on 1 December 1992.
Now the normal maximum period of 24 hours, for which a non-political detainee
may be held before being formally charged or released, may be extended to eight
days in cases of ordinary crimes involving three or more suspects. Detainees
held on suspicion of political offences to be tried in State Security Courts
may be held without charge for 15 days. This period may be extended to 30 days
in provinces under emergency legislation or martial law. Emergency legislation
is currently in force in 10 provinces in the southeast of Turkey.
Following three visits to Turkey to investigate allegations of torture the
European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (ECPT) of the Council of Europe
published in December 1992 for the first time its findings. The ECPT concluded
"that the practice of torture and other forms of severe ill-treatment or persons
in police custody remains widespread in Turkey and that such methods are applied
to both ordinary criminal suspects and persons held under anti-terrorist
provisions".
Medical experts accompanying the ECPT examined prisoners who had been
interrogated in police in Istanbul and found "haematomas consistent with their
allegations that they had recently been subjected to falaka (beating on the
soles of the feet) and to beating on the palm of the hands", and interviewed
a prisoner who showed lesions on his penis "consistent with his allegation
that an electrode had been placed by the police on that part of his body".
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RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
letters either in English or in your own language:
- expressing concern for the safety of Ahmet Kösemehmeto_lu, Hasan Yüksel,
Erkan Çelebi and the seven others who were detained in Istanbul on 27 April
1993 and are being held at the Anti-Terror Branch of Istanbul Police
Headquarters;
- noting the findings of the ECPT regarding the practice of torture in Turkey
as published in its December 1992 report;
- seeking assurances that Ahmet Kösemehmeto_lu and his fellow-detainees are
not subjected to torture or any other form of ill-treatment;
- requesting to be informed of any charges brought against them.
APPEALS TO:
1) Governor of Istanbul:
Hayri Kozakç_o_lu
_stanbul Valili_i
_stanbul
Turkey
Telegrams: Istanbul Valili_i, Istanbul, Turkey
Faxes: + 90 1 520 7774
Salutation: Dear Governor
2) Istanbul State Security Court Prosecutor:
Ahmet Köksal
_stanbul Devlet Güvenlik Mahkemesi
Istanbul
Turkey
Telegrams: Istanbul State Security Court Prosecutor,
Istanbul, Turkey
Salutation: Dear Sir
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
President of the Parliamentary Human Rights Commission:
Mr Sabri Yavuz
_nsan Haklar_ Ara_t_rma Komisyonu Ba_kan_
TBMM
Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: + 90 4 420 5394
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 15 May 93.

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