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Turkey: Further information on fear of torture and new concern: torture

, N° d'index: EUR 44/014/1997

Cuma Meral, held under the name of Hasan Hasgul, Hasan Ozan, held under the name of Ali Berkoglu, Erdogan Ber, held under the name of Kamber Gol, Arif Celebi, Suleyman Yeter, Mukkades Celik (f), Zabit Iltemur, Birsen Kaya (f), Necati Abay, Abidin Ezgin, Ismail Ezgin, Sedat Senoglu, Enver Akca, Ayse Yilmaz (f) (note corrected name), her son Deniz Yilmaz (note corrected name), and her husband Dogan Yilmaz (note corrected name), Mustafa Ozturk, Sultan Secik (f), Asiye Zeybek (f), Gonul Karagoz (f), Bayram Namaz: At a press conference held on 1 March 1997, Rahime Henden reported that she had been taken to the Anti-Terror Branch of Istanbul Police Headquarters on 27 February and had witnessed the torture inflicted on Sultan Secik, Birsen Kaya and Ayse Yilmaz. She also alleged that Ayse Yilmaz's husband, Erdogan Yilmaz, had been severely tortured and that some of his ribs were broken. They were among some 26 people detained in Istanbul on 22 February 1997.

EXTERNAL AI Index: EUR 44/14/97
3 March 1997
Further information on EXTRA 27/97 (EUR 44/13/97, 27 February 1997) - Fear
of torture and new concern: Torture
TURKEYCuma Meral, held under the name of Hasan Hasgül
Hasan Ozan, held under the name of Ali Berko_lu
Erdo_an Ber, held under the name of Kamber Göl
Ar_f Celebi
Süleyman Yeter
Mükkade_ Çelik (f)
Zabit Iltemur
Birsen Kaya (f)
Necati Abay
Abidin Ezgin
Ismail Ezgin
Sedat _eno_lu
Enver Akça
Ay_e Y_lmaz (f) [note correct name]
Deniz Y_lmaz, son of Ay_e Y_lmaz [note correct name]
Erdo_an Y_lmaz, husband of Ay_e Y_lmaz [note correct name]
Mustafa Öztürk
Sultan Seçik (f)
Asiye Zeybek (f)
Gönül Karagöz (f)
Bayram Namaz
During a press conference held on 1 March 1997, Rahime Henden reported that
she had been taken to the Anti-Terror Branch of Istanbul Police Headquarters
on 27 February [in place of her husband who was wanted (in a separate case
to that of those named above); she was released when he was apprehended]. At
the Anti-Terror Branch, she said, she witnessed the torture inflicted on Sultan
Seçik, Birsen Kaya and Ay_e Y_lmaz. As a result Sultan Seçik and Ay_e Y_lmaz
could not move their arms. She also alleged that Ay_e Y_lmaz’s husband, Erdo_an
Y_lmaz, had been severely tortured and that some of his ribs had been broken.
They were among some 26 people detained in Istanbul on 22 February 1997, to
be held by permission of the public prosecutor until 7 March before being brought
before a judge to be charged or released.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in English or in your own language:
- expressing grave concern at the allegations made by Rahime Henden on 1 March
that Sultan Seçik, Birsen Kaya, Ay_e Y_lmaz and her husband Erdo_an Y_lmaz
had been tortured at the Anti-Terror Branch of Istanbul Police Headquarters
following their detention on 22 February 1997;
- urging that an immediate, full and impartial investigation be conducted into
these torture allegations and that those responsible be brought to justice;
- appealing that Sultan Seçik, Ay_e Y_lmas and her husband Erdo_an Y_lmaz be
given all medical attention they may require;
- urging that all 26 detainees be protected from torture and ill-treatment
and promptly brought before a judge to be formally charged or released.
APPEALS TO:
1. Chief Prosecutor at Istanbul State Security Court:
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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. Istanbul Chief of Police:
Mr Ramazan Er
Istanbul Emniyet Müdürü
_stanbul, Turkey
Telegrams: Emniyet Muduru, Istanbul, Turkey
Telexes: 30811 IEHM TR or 30812 EMMH TR or 26177 IEMT TR
Salutation: Dear Sir
3. Minister of the Interior:
Mrs Meral Ak_ener
Içisleri Bakanl___
Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Interior Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: +90 312 417 2390
Salutation: Dear Minister
COPIES TO:
State Minister with responsibility for Human Rights:
Mr Lütfü Esengün
Office of the Prime Minister
Ba_bakanl_k
06573 Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: +90 312 417 0476
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 12 March 1997.

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