EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 44/53/93
UA EXTRA 58/93 Fear of Torture 16 June 1993
TURKEY: Metin TURAN, lead singer of music group "Grup Ekin"
Murat ÖZDEMIR, ba_lama player of "Grup Ekin"
Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of Metin Turan who was detained in Antalya
on 12 June 1993, and of Murat Özdemir who was detained in Ankara on the previous day.
Metin Turan was detained at the airport in Antalya when he arrived back home after a concert
tour of Germany. Other members of his music group had returned earlier, while he stayed
on to arrange further concerts abroad. One member of the group was detained in April when
police raided the Ekin Arts Centre in Ankara (see EXTRA 38/93, EUR 44/40/93, 21 April 1993)
and reportedly was tortured at Ankara Police Headquarters. Metin Turan may have been
transferred to Ankara.
Murat Özdemir was detained on 11 June at Ankara Justice Building, reportedly on the
orders of the prosecutor at Ankara State Security Court. Murat Özdemir had gone there to
claim back items that belonged to him and were being held by Ankara State Security Court
after they had been seized during the police raid on the Ekin Arts Centre in April.
Seven people detained during this raid gave written testimony to Amnesty International
alleging that they had been tortured at the Anti-Terror Branch of Ankara Police Headquarters.
It is feared that Metin Turan and Murat Özdemir are being interrogated under torture at
the Anti-Terror Branch of Ankara Police Headquarters.
Amnesty International has received many reports of torture at Ankara Police Headquarters,
and there were two deaths resulting from torture there in 1991. Ankara Police Headquarters
were visited on a number of occasions by the Committee for the Prevention of Torture (ECPT)
of the Council of Europe, of which Turkey is a member. In December 1992 the ECPT made its
findings public for the first time ever. The ECPT announced that during an impromptu visit
to Ankara Police Headquarters they had found "a low stretcher-type bed equipped with eight
straps (four each side), fitting perfectly the description of the item of furniture to
which persons had said they were secured when electric shocks were administered to them.
No credible explanation could be proffered for the presence of this bed in what was indicated
by a sign as being an `interrogation room' ... the delegation's discoveries caused
considerable consternation among police officers present; some expressed regret, others
The ECPT concluded "that the practice of torture and other forms of severe ill-treatment
of 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".
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