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Turkey: Torture / fear of torture

, N° d'index: EUR 44/062/1997

Ibrahim Incesu, Adiguzel Incesu, Cemalettin Tunc, Ahmet Engin, Kurds: The first three men named above were detained on 10 or 11 August by officers of the Anti-Terror Branch of Istanbul police. Two others arrested with them and later released reported that they had all been subjected to torture. Their detention was not registered until 12 August. On 13 August Ahmet Engin was detained after being asked by police to come to the Anti-Terror Branch in Aksaray. His detention was registered on 14 August. Adiguzel Incesu was the editor of the Kurdish weekly Roj (Day) until it was banned in August 1996. There is concern that the men are being subjected to torture and ill-treatment in incommunicado detention.

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EXTRA 113/97 Torture / Fear of torture 14 August 1997
TURKEY _brahim _ncesu, Kurd aged 35
Ad_güzel _ncesu, Kurd
Cemalettin Tunç, Kurd aged 39
Ahmet Engin, Kurd aged around 30
_brahim _ncesu, Ad_güzel _ncesu, Cemalettin Tuand two others were detained
in the Beyo_lu district of Istanbul by officers of the Anti-Terror Branch on
10 or 11 August 1997, as they were walking in the street. The two others were
released on 12 August and reported that the other three were being tortured
at the Anti-Terror Branch in Aksaray. They said that they themselves had been
subjected to beating.
The detention of _brahim _ncesu, Ad_güzel _ncesu and Cemalettin Tunç was not
registered until 12 August. Reportedly, the prosecutor has applied for an
extension of the initial incommunicado detention period of four days. Under
current legislation it can be extended by three days on order of a judge, during
which detainees would have the right of access to legal counsel.
On 13 August, Ahmet Engin, a relative of the _ncesu family living in Istanbul,
was telephoned by police at home and told to come to the Anti-Terror Branch
in Aksaray. When he went there, he too was detained. His detention was registered
on 14 August.
_brahim _ncesu, born in Malatya, was first arrested on 15 January 1981, four
months after the military coup of September 1980, and later sentenced to life
imprisonment by the Military Court in Malatya for membership of an illegal
Kurdish organization. He was released in 1996.
Ad_güzel _ncesu was the editor of the Kurdish weekly Roj (Day) until it was
banned in August 1996.
Cemalettin Tunç, born in Ovac_k, Tunceli, was sentenced in 1981 to life
imprisonment by the Military Court in Adana for membership of an illegal Kurdish
organization. He was released in 1996.
Ahmet Engin has never been detained before.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
People suspected of offences under the Anti-Terror Law can be held in police
custody without access to family, friends or legal counsel for up to four days.
This period may be increased to 10 days in the nine provinces currently under
State of Emergency, and to seven days in the rest of Turkey during which detainees
would have to be granted access to a lawyer, under recently amended legislation.
When not being interrogated, detainees are held in cramped, airless and
insanitary conditions. With no access to the outside world they are at the
mercy of their interrogators. Torture is often applied to extract confessions,
to elicit information about illegal organizations, to intimidate detainees
into becoming police informers or as informal punishment for presumed support
of illegal organizations. Torture methods include being stripped naked and
blindfolded, hosing with pressurized ice-cold water, hanging by the arms or
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wrists bound behind the victim's back, electric shocks, beating the soles of
the feet, death threats and sexual assault.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/airmail
letters in English or your own language:
- expressing concern at reports that _brahim _ncesu, Ad_güzel _ncesu and
Cemalettin Tunç, detained on 10 or 11 August 1997 in Beyo_lu, Istanbul, are
being subjected to torture while held incommunicado at the Anti-Terror Branch
of Istanbul Police Headquarters in Aksaray;
- expressing concern also for the safety of Ahmet Engin, detained on 13 August
and held incommunicado at the Anti-Terror Branch in Aksaray;
- calling for an immediate investigation into these torture allegations;
- urging that the detainees are given prompt access to their lawyer, family
and a doctor;
- asking to be informed of any charges brought against them.
APPEALS TO:
1. Chief Prosecutor at _stanbul State Security Court:
Mr Erdal Güven
DGM Ba_savc_s_
Devlet Güvenlik Mahkemesi
Istanbul, Turkey
Telegrams: DGM Ba_savc_s_, _stanbul, Turkey
Telex: 0607 30187 eist tr; 0607 30188 iemd tr
Salutation: Dear Prosecutor
2. Minister of the Interior:
Mr Murat Ba_eskio_lu
_çisleri Bakanl___
Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Interior Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: +90 312 417 2390
Salutation: Dear Minister
3.State Minister with responsibility for Human Rights:
Mr Hikmet Sami Türk
Office of the Prime Minister
Ba_bakanl_k
06573 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Minister Hikmet Turk, Basbakanlik, Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: +90 312 417 0476
Salutation: Dear Minister
COPIES TO:
President of Parliamentary Human Rights Commission:
Mr Demir Berbero_lu
_nsan Haklar_ _nceleme Komisyonu Ba_kani
TBMM
Ankara, Turkey
Fax: +90 312 420 5394
and to diplomatic representatives of Turkey accredited to your country.
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