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
Another case concerns Ö.A., 29, an accountant for a private Istanbul-based company. The
record of his interrogation by the Ankara Anti-terror branch on April 13, and then on April 14
before the Ankara Criminal Peace Judge No. 2, which remanded him to pretrial detention,
records Ö.A.'s description of having been beaten by the police:
|45 Copies of statement to police and court record (Ankara Criminal Peace Judge No. 2, hearing 2017/420) on file with Human
Rights Watch. Ö.A. is under investigation for membership of an armed organization by the Ankara chief prosecutor's office for
crimes against the constitutional order (investigation no. 2017/23897).
46 Copy of letter to lawyers on file with Human Rights Watch.