When I came to they were pouring cold water over me... During the first session
of torture they [claimed that] I was in contact with the PKK [Kurdish Workers'
Party], that I was a member of the Hasankeyf, Batman committee of the
organization, and they wanted me to show them the organization's hideouts in
that area. However, I continually denied having anything to do with such
business. They said: "You initiated the protest shop closures in Hasankeyf.
I said it was not true. In the second torture session they repeated the same
torture, saying 'We have made even stones talk here. We will make you talk.
If we cannot make you talk we will all congratulate, celebrate and, each in
turn, kiss your penis.' After being crucified a second time, I once again
fainted. They brought me round
Page 2 of FU EXTRA 26/92
again in the same way. Then they laid me down and subjected me to falaka [beating
the soles of the feet], passing my feet through the back of a chair. One of
them sat on my legs. Most of my body was lying naked on the concrete, and two
people beat the soles of my feet. It was obvious that
they were experts at the job. I do not know how long it lasted. Eventually
I could not feel anything any more. They threw me naked into a cell. There
was nothing in the cell. I slept on the concrete. About two days later, Ahmet
Y_ld_rim who was detained with me gave me his clothes to wear. I was given
no food at all while in detention. Later I learned that Burhan Serikli who
had been detained with me had been killed. After this the other detainees were
brought before the prosecutor. But because I was in a bad state, they did not
bring me before the prosecutor. They kept me waiting for a further five days
for the marks of torture to disappear. I was taken to Be_iri Public Prosecutor
five days after the others were arrested. The Prosecutor released me. The marks
of torture are still plainly visible."
A formal complaint was made concerning _ükrü Y_lmaz's torture by the President
of Batman Bar Association and four other lawyers acting on his behalf. His
health condition deteriorated following his release and he is now receiving
treatment at Diyarbak_r State Hospital.
Amnesty International is not aware that any further investigation or inquiry
has been initiated into the circumstances of Burhan Serikli's death.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telexes/faxes/express and airmail
- expressing deep concern at the death of Burhan Serikli in Batman Gendarmerie
Headquarters who allegedly hanged himself with his blindfold after
interrogation, and at the alleged torture of _ükrü Y_lmaz in Batman Gendarmerie
- urging that a prompt, full and impartial investigation is carried out into
- requesting to be informed of its methods and findings.
1) Minister of the Interior:
Mr _smet Sezgin Dear Minister
06644 Ankara, Turkey