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Turkey: Further information on fear of torture: Salih Guler, Ismail Hakki Keleci, Dogan Denizhan; and new name: Cengiz Kirik

, N° d'index: EUR 44/026/1995

Police raided the office of the Kurdish-owned newspaper Ozgur Ulke in Diyarbakir on 30 January 1995. The detained five correspondents, later releasing four. The fifth, Cengiz Kirik, is believed to be detained incommunicado at Diyarbakir Police Headquarters. It is feared that he is being interrogated under torture. Ismail Hakki Keleci is still in incommunicado detention, apparently at the Gendarmerie Intelligence Headquarters (JITEM) in Diyarbakir. Salih Guler was released on 30 January. He has stated that he was tortured in detention and forced to incriminate other staff at the newspaper.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 44/26/95
Distr: UA/SC
3 February 1995
Further information on EXTRA 01/95 (EUR 44/03/94, 6 January 1995) - and
follow-up(s): EUR 44/14/95, 23 January 1995; EUR 44/21/95, 26 January 1995;
EUR 44/23/95, 31 January 1995 - Fear of Torture
Turkey:Salih Güler, 24, correspondent for Özgür Ülke in Diyarbak_r
Ismail Hakk_ Keleci, 22, corr. for Özgür Ülke in Diyarbak_r
Do_an Denizhan, correspondent for Özgür Ülke in Van
new name: Cengiz K_r_k, correspondent for Özgür Ülke in Diyarbak_r
On 30 January 1995, police again raided the office of the Kurdish-owned Özgür
Ülke newspaper in Diyarbak_r. They detained five correspondents, but have since
released four of them. The fifth, Cengiz K_r_k, continues to be detained. He
is believed to be held at Diyarbak_r Police Headquarters. It is feared that
he is being interrogated under torture in incommunicado detention.
_smail Hakk_ Keleci, the correspondent who was detained on 19 January and is
still in incommunicado detention, is now thought to be held at the Gendarmerie
Intelligence Headquarters, J_TEM, in Diyarbak_r. It is feared that he is also
being subjected to torture.
Salih Güler, who was detained on 4 January, was released on 30 January. According
to a report in Özgür Ülke, he stated that he was tortured in police custody
and was forced to give statements incriminating other staff at the newspaper:
"During the time in detention I was forced to sit in the corridor while being
handcuffed and blindfolded. They removed the handcuffs and blindfold only when
I went to the toilet. Sometimes they did not let me sleep. During the first
week, they hosed me with pressurized water, suspended me on a hanger and gave
electric shocks many times."
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters:
- expressing concern for the safety of Cengiz K_r_k and _smail Hakk_ Keleci,
detained in Diyarbak_r on 19 and 30 January respectively;
- seeking assurances that they are not subjected to torture or any other form
of ill-treatment;
- urging that a prompt and full investigation is carried out into allegations
that Salih Güler was tortured in police custody following his detention in
Diyarbak_r on 4 January 1995;
- asking to be informed of any charges that may be brought against any of
the detained correspondents.
APPEALS TO:
1) Deputy Prime Minister
Mr Murat Karayalç_n
Ba_bakanl_k
2
06573 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Deputy Prime Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Telex: 44061/44062/44063 bbmt tr
42099 basb tr
42875 bbk tr
Faxes: +90 312 417 04 76 DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER
Salutation: Dear Deputy Prime Minister
2) Chief Prosecutor at Diyarbak_r State Security Court:
Mr Bekir Selçuk
DGM Ba_savc_s_
Devlet Güvenlik Mahkemesi
Diyarbak_r, Turkey
Telegrams: DGM Bassavcisi, Diyarbakir, 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: +90 312 420 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 17 March 1995.

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