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27 September Daily Human Rights Report

(09/198) Trial of October 10 Ankara Massacre…

The trial of 36 defendants of which 19 are arrested and 16 are fugitive, continued on September 25-27 2017. The case was opened by Ankara 4th Heavy Penal Court. Following the death of defendant Mehmet Kadir Cebael the number of defendants lowered to 35.

Defendants, defendant lawyers, complainants and complainant attorneys were present at the trial. KESK co-chairs and executives of unions tied to KESK also some HDP and CHP MP’s were present.

Complainant attorneys requested the police officers mentioned in defendant Suphi Alpfidan’s testimony to be listened in person and not through SEGBİS. Attorneys also requested hearings for Ankara Governor of the time Mehmet Kılıçlar, Police Chief Kadri Kartal, MIT and other executives who attended the coordination meeting. Attorneys also declared that crime scene investigation was problematic. It was said that police officers firing guns to air and firing tear gas during crime scene investigation continued caused security concerns.

It is reported that some defendants were at times verbally abusive towards complainants and complainant attorneys. One of the defendant attorneys reportedly said ‘‘everybody will know their place’’. It is learned that complainant attorneys filed complaints for insults.

The court ruled for the continuity of arrests and requested in person hearings of police officers Beyazıt Bestami Duman and Tahir Sarıışık. The court adjourned the trial date to 22-23 November, 2017 and overruled the request to call government executives.

(09/199) Suicide of Suspended Police Officer in Adapazarı…

It is learned that a İbrahim Eski, a police officer suspended through ‘FETÖ/PYD investigation’, committed suicide on September 26, 2017 in Adapazarı.

(09/200) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that on September 26, 2017 near Boyunlu village of Diyarbakır’s Kocaköy district, a car carrying Gendarmerie Commander Harun Yılmaz was under open fire coming from another vehicle. The governorate declared that 1 soldier died and 2 soldiers including the Commander were injured.

It is learned from news coverage of September 27, 2017 that the forest fires started during military operations near Tendürek Mountain in Ağrı, continue to expand and it has not been intervened.

(09/201) Bombed Attack Towards Van Municipality Building…

It is learned that unidentified people carried out a bomb attack towards Municipality building in Van, with handmade explosives. No deaths or injuries occurred.

(09/202) Arrested People’s Law Office Attorneys…

It is learned that 14 attorneys detained on September 12, 2017 and later arrested on September 20, 2017 were transferred from Silivri prison to 8 different prisons on September 22, 2017. Behiç Ahçı and Aytaç Ünsan were sent to Burhaniye Type T Prison, Şükriye Erdem and Didem Ünsal were sent to Karabük Type T Prison, , Naciye Demir, Barkın Timtik and Zehra Özdemir were sent to Bolu Type F Prison, Ebru Timtik and Yağmur Evin were sent to Balıkesir Type T Prison, Aycan Çiçek and Ayşegül Çağatay were sent to Düzce Type T Prison, Süleyman Gökten was sent to Tekirdağ No 1 Type F Prison, Engin Gökoğlu was sent to Tekirdağ No 2 Type F Prison and Özgür Yılmaz was sent to Edirne Type F Prison.

It is learned from the statements of attorneys that met with defendant attorneys, in news coverage of September 26, 2017 that Attorney Özgür Yılmaz has been placed in a solitary cell in Edirne Type F Prison and have not been provided any basic needs including water. Yılmaz was therefore forced to drink water from a tap.

(09/203) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison

Attorney Günfer Karadeniz declared on her statement to press on September 26, 2017 that severe right violations have been taking place in Muğla E Type Prison. It is learned that prisoners meeting hours with attorneys are restricted, meetings are recorded with video cameras, prisoners are forced to be searched naked when returning from hospital, attorney visits or trials, prisoners are forced to stay in line in military fashion during roll calls. Attorney Karadeniz also stated that prisoners who refuse to sign a sheet prepared by the administration that writes ‘‘I have no relation left with the illegal organization’’, are stripped from their right to probation granted by the execution judge. It is learned that the executional judgement committee decides on the probations based on a report prepared by a committee including prison manager and wardens.

Attorneys meeting with prisoners in Tekirdağ F Type Prison No 2 Prison stated to press on September 27, 2017 that books sent to prisoners are restricted or delayed, prisoners with medical conditions are not sent to medical facilities by saying ‘‘transfers to hospitals are lifted’’, prisoners are restrained from cultural, sportive and social activities, prisoners going to hospital or trials are forced to naked searches with video cameras present.

It is learned from news coverage of September 27, 2017 that 12 prisoners who were transferred from Adana Kürkçüler F Type Prison to Tarsus T Type Prison were physically abused by wardens when they refused to be searched naked. It is also learned that personal belongings of these prisoners were kept by the administration. It is learned that one the abused prisoners is Deniz Özdemir, who was forced out of his cell and told he had a trial but was rather sent to Diyarbakır Gendarmerie Command Office, where he was subject to ill-treatment for 10 days. During 10 days, Özdemir was also forced to become a confessor.

(09/204) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned from news coverage of September 27, 2017 that prisoners in Tekirdağ F Type Prison No 2 have been in a hunger strike with groups of 6 to 10 prisoners in 3 day rotations.

(09/205) ) Rejection of Meeting Request with Öcalan…

It is learned that on September 26, 2017 PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan’s attorneys Rezan Sarıca, Cengiz Çiçek and Serbay Köklü requested from Bursa Public Prosecutor’s Office to meet with him. The request was denied on the same day based on limitations regarding the convicted prisoners due to Law on the Execution of Criminal and Security Measures Number 5275. With this latest declined meeting requests with Öcalan have been denied for the 689th time.

(09/206) Police Intervention Towards ‘‘I Want My Job Back’’ demonstrations in Ankara…

Civil servants discharged from their jobs with KHK legislations planned for a press meeting in front of the Human Rights Monument in Ankara Yüksel Street on September 26, 2017. The resistance of the group has been going on for a certain period of time. Two meetings planned at 13.00 and 18.00 respectively were both prevented by the police forces who clocked entrance to the street by barriers. No detentions occurred.

(09/207) Detentions and Arrests in Connection with the Coup d’État Attempt…

It is learned that on September 26, 2017 through a Sivas based investigation 31 soldiers including 29 regular soldiers and 1 police officer was detained, 17 people including doctors, nurses and health technicians in Konya were detained, through an Ankara based investigation 15 of 34 people with detention requests were detained, through a Siirt based investigation 27 people were detained.

It is reported that on September 26, 2017 2 discharged soldiers in Manisa were detained during a traffic control and later arrested.

It is learned that through a Çanakkale based investigation on September 19, 2017, 25 people were detained. On September 26, 2017, 6 people were sent to court. 4 were arrested and 2 were released with a judiciary control condition.

It is learned that 15 former MIT employees discharged through an investigation on September 12, 2017 and onwards, were sent to court on September 26, 2017. MIT employees were discharged with a KHK legislation (Decree with the Force of Law). Following the court, 14 were arrested and 1 was released with a judiciary control condition. 63 former MIT employees were filed detention requests through this investigation.

It is learned that 7 people detained on September 18, 2017 in Istanbul were sent to court on September 26, 2017. 6 people were arrested and 1 person was released with a judiciary control condition.

(09/208) Trials of HDP MP’s…

The trial of HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş for ‘‘insulting an officer’’ and ‘‘deforcing an officer in the execution of his duty’’ during a visit in Urfa on 2013, continued September 26, 2017. The case was filed by Viranşehir Penal Court of First Instance No. 1. Demirtal refused to attend the trial through SEGBİS. The court ruled that if Demirtaş refuses to attend the next trial through SEGBİS it would be treated as a right to remain silent and adjourned the trial to a further date.

(09/209) Trial of Artist Pınar Aydınlar…

The appeal trial for the conviction of artist Pınar Aydınlar and HDP Executive Hacay Yılmaz continued on September 26, 2017 in İzmir Regional Court of Justice . Aydınlar and Yılmaz had been  both sentenced to 2 years 1 month for ‘‘making propaganda of an illegal organization’ by İzmir  Heavy Penal Court No. 2. Aydınlar attended the trial through SEGBİS. Following the defenses and prosecution verdict, court overruled the first verdict and sentenced each defendant to 10 months without any postponement.

(09/210) Trials in Connection with the Coup d’État Attempt…

The trial of discharged Public Prosecutor of Samsun continued on September 26, 2017. Ateş was discharged due to alleged ByLock usage and his case was filed at Samsun  Heavy Penal Court No. 2. After defenses, the court ruled for the continuity of Ateş’s arrest and adjourned the trial to a further date.

The final hearing for the trial of Erdal Şenetiler, a former teacher, took place in Erzurum  Heavy Penal Court No. 2 on September 27, 2017. Şenetiler was accused with ‘‘forming and leading an illegal organization’’ The court sentenced Şenetiler to 6 years 3 months due to ‘‘membership of an illegal organization’’.

(09/211) House Raid Towards HDP MP’s House…

HDP Şırnak MP Aycan İrmez’s house was raided by police officers on September 26, 2017. The raid was justified by the police due to a capture request filed for İrmez. İrmez was not detained because she wasn’t present in the house.

 

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