Cases of Torture Based on Information Received from Lawyers
Human Rights Watch spoke to five lawyers who shared their observations about abuses
against their 5 clients (cases 6-10) and other detainees in police custody in Ankara in April
and May 2017, on suspicion of links with the alleged Fethullahist Terrorist Organization
(FETÖ). We also spoke to another lawyer in central Anatolia about abuses against his client
accused of links to the PKK in March 2017.
The clients are all in pretrial detention, so Human Rights Watch was unable to speak to
Lawyer A told Human Rights Watch:
My client B.O. was detained on 26 April and held at the Ankara Financial
Crimes Branch, in connection with a FETÖ operation. When I visited him, he
was brought into the room and cried because he assumed he was going to
be interrogated and tortured. He hadn't believed he would really be
meeting with a lawyer. Because there was no police officer present during
our meeting, he was able to tell me what the other detainees had been
He told me that they had been taken in turn for interrogation and
had come back recounting how they had been stripped naked, sexually
assaulted with a bottle, and beaten. He said that one had been beaten on
the head so much that for days he vomited and was very sick. I reported
what he said to the Ankara Bar Association because I was afraid for my
client. On May 6, the court remanded him to custody and he is held in
Sincan F-type [maximum security] prison.35
B.O. testified before the Ankara Criminal Judge of the Peace No. 2 on May 6, 2017, which
remanded him and nine others to pretrial detention. The court record (2017/528) shows
that among the nine, two men, S.K. and Y.S., told the court they had been ill-treated in
police custody. Each said they were stripped naked, threatened with rape, and insulted.
The judge asked no questions, and there is no indication that he attempted to initiate an
investigation into their claims.36
|35 Human Rights Watch interview with lawyer A (name withheld but known to Human Rights Watch), Ankara, June 2017. B.O.
and nine others are under investigation by the Ankara chief prosecutor's office for the investigation of crimes against the
constitutional order (investigation no. 2017/68532).
36 Ankara Criminal Judge of the Peace No. 2, May 6, 2017 court record (2017/528) on file with Human Rights Watch and
details on allegations made by Y.S. confirmed by lawyer B (name withheld but known to Human Rights Watch), August 23,