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Further information on EXTRA 97/92 (EUR 44/117/92, 6 November) - Turkey: fear of torture / death in custody: Sukru Yilmaz, Habib Yilmaz, Irfan Solak, Salih Solak, Bahri Gitmez, Serhat Baytar, M Sirin Dogan, Resul Balta, Ebubekir Gunes; three brothers: Nur

, Índice: EUR 44/128/1992

A major police operation in and around Batman which began on 16 October 1992 continues, with new detentions constantly being made. Some 30 to 40 people are believed still to be detained, such as the Solak brothers, who have been held beyond the legal limit of 30 days. Sukru Yilmaz has been released; he was allegedly tortured during the first days of detention; Tahsin and Haci Adlik and M Sirin Dogan have also been released. Some of those detained have now been formally arrested. Almost all of them are said to have reported torture; none was issued with a medical certificate when examined by a doctor at the end of detention. The state prosecutor is investigating the death in detention of Ramazan Altunsoz.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 44/128/92
Distr: UA/SC
8 December 1992
Further information on EXTRA 97/92 (EUR 44/117/92, 6 November 1992) - Fear
of Torture/Death in Custody
TURKEY:_ükrü Y_lmaz ) brothers
Habib Y_lmaz )
_rfan Solak ] brothers
Salih Solak ]
Bahri Gitmez
Serhat Baytar
M _irin Do_an
Resul Balta
Ebubekir Güne_
and the three brothers:
Nuri Adl_k
Tahsin Adl_k
Hac_ Adl_k
and Ramazan Altunsöz (died on or about 30 October 92)
and new _erif Argun
names: Tahsin Ad_belli
Yahsin Ad_belli
The major police operation in and around Batman which began on 16 October 1992
is still continuing and new detentions are constantly being made. Some 30 to
40 people are believed still to be in police custody, including the brothers
_rfan and Salih Solak, who have been held far beyond the legally permitted
limit of 30 days. _erif Argun, Tahsin Ad_belli and Yahsin Ad_belli have been
newly detained in recent days. It is feared that they are being interrogated
under torture.
_ükrü Y_lmaz was released on or around 20 November. It is not known whether
a court case will be opened against him. According to reports received he was
tortured during the first four to five days of detention with electric shocks
and hanging by his wrists, and was interrogated about alleged links with
guerrillas of the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK). Subsequently he was allowed
to see members of his family, but his brother Habib who came to visit him on
the fifth day of his detention was detained as well. Habib Y_lmaz was not released
until 4 December. (For an account of _ükrü Y_lmaz' torture in March 1992 when
yet another fellow detainee died in custody, see: EXTRA 26/92, EUR 44/28/92
of 13 March 1992 and follow-up EUR 44/32/92 of 24 March 1992)
The brothers Tahsin and Hac_ Adl_k were released on or around 7 November. M.
_irin Do_an was released on 30 November.
Some of those detained have now been formally arrested. These include M. Nuri
Adl_k and others who were not named in the original action - Mehmet Kaya, Ahmet
Aydin, Osman Aslan, Ebeddin Soyut and Fahrettin _nal. They were charged with
aiding and sheltering guerrillas of the PKK on 4 December. Some of them had
been found in the possession of firearms and were also charged with unlawful
possession of a weapon.
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All of the detainees, except Habib Y_lmaz, are said to have reported that they
were tortured while in police custody with falaka (beating the soles of the
feet) and hanging by the wrists. Fahrettin _nal had been taken to a deserted
place and then threatened that he would be killed. None was issued with a medical
certificate when examined by a doctor at the end of the detention period as
is routine procedure.
The state prosecutor stated that he was investigating the death in custody
of Ramazan Altunsöz, the third in Batman this year. Thirteen detainees
altogether have died in police custody in Turkey this year.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters in English or your own language:
- noting that detainees allege having been tortured at Batman Police
Headquarters where three detainees have died already this year;
- expressing concern about the safety of those detainees still held in
incommunicado detention at Batman Police Headquarters, in particular the
brothers _rfan and Salih Solak who have been held for more than 30 days, in
violation of legal detention procedures;
- urging that all those still held in police custody in Batman be permitted
access to their families and to legal counsel, and that they are not subjected
to any form of torture or ill-treatment,
- repeating your call for a thorough and impartial investigation into the death
in custody of Ramazan Altunsöz who died in Batman Police Headquarters at the
end of October 1992, and that those responsible be brought promptly to justice.
APPEALS TO:
1) Batman Public Prosecutor:
Mr Mustafa Yücel Salutation: Dear Sir
Batman Savc_l___
Batman, Turkey
Telegrams: Cumhuriyet Savcisi, Batman, Turkey
2) Minister of Justice:
Mr Seyfi Oktay Salutation: Dear Minister
Adalet Bakanl___
06659 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Justice Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: + 90 4 425 40 66
3) Prime Minister:
Mr Süleyman Demirel Salutation: Dear Prime Minister
Office of the Prime Minister
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
COPIES TO:
President of the Parliamentary Human Rights Commission
Mr Sabri Yavuz
_nsan Haklar_ Ara_t_rma Komisyonu Ba_kan_
TBMM
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 4 January 1993.

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