Amnesty International Launches An Emergency Action For The Tortured Activists
Amnesty International demanded independent medical treatment an aid for Gün and Karakaya, who have been facing torture and bad treatment. Their friend Ceber, who was put into prison with time, died a few days ago for the bad treatment he received in prison.
İstanbul - BÄ°A News Center
14 October 2008, Tuesday 23:39
Amnesty International (AI)
announced that Cihan Gün and Özgür Karakaya, who were taken into custody
together with Engin Ceber, were still in Metris Prison, facing torture and bad
treatment. It has also stated that they were in need of immediate independent
medical examination and assistance.
The organization has
launched an activity for 22 year old Karakaya and 18 year old Gün.
AI: Those responsible
should face justice immediately
Gün and Karakaya were taken
into custody together with Engin Ceber after the press release on September 28
held to protest that the police officer who shot and paralyzed Ferhat Gerçek
was still not arrested. Engin Ceber had died on October 10 in the hospital he was
taken to after he went to come possibly due to the injuries he received while
in custody and Metris Prison.
IA demands that the
authorities, among them Minister of Interior Beşir Atalay, bring those
responsible to justice.
Torture both in the police
center and the prison
In their statements to
Prosecutor Cevdet Doğan, Karakaya and Gün gave a detailed account of how they
were tortured first in the police center and later in the prison.
They were beaten heavily in
the police vehicles and the police center and the same followed treatment was
repeated by the gendarmeries in e prison with sticks, batons and water.
Today, seven people from
the administrative board of the Association of Solidarity With the Families of
Prisoners (TAYAD) filed a complaint with the Sultanahmet Hall
of Justice against Justice Minister Mehmet Ali Şahin, Metris
Prison’s First and Second Directors, the guardians on duty, the gendarmerie
soldiers responsible for external security and their superiors, the officials
of the Istinye Police station and their superiors, the prosecutor and judge who
ruled for the arrest for their responsibility in Ceber’s death.
Lawyer Barkın Timtik hopes that
this complaint will be combined with the investigation file in the Office of
the Bakırköy Prosecutor.
Lawyer Oya Aslan, with whom
bianet met about the matter, says that she talked to Karakaya and Gün and they
told him that the bad treatment ended after the public reaction, but they were
still in pain. Aslan is getting ready to file charges. (TK/EÜ/TB)