Turkey: Student Soner Onder still held
Soner Onder, a 17-year-old student at Istanbul Technical University, was arrested following a demonstration on 25 December 1991 and an arson attack on the Cetinkaya department store in Istanbul's Bakirkoy quarter. Several hundred people were subsequently detained, in particular, students or youths who were born in the southeastern, mainly Kurdish provinces. Soner Onder, a Syriac Christian, was born in Mardin province. He was interrogated at the Anti-Terror Branch of Istanbul Police Headquarters until 8 January 1992, where it is alleged he was tortured and made to sign a confession, which he subsequently retracted. He is currently remanded in custody on trial, charged with terrorist offences. There is strong evidence to support both his torture claims and his innocence.