May 25, 2019
Ahval reports that a Turkish lawyer whose name is Erdem Semih Yildiz was detained and tortured in Ankara Police HQ. Erdem Semih Yildiz who was a lawyer* in a case in which many defendants were tortured, was detained and also tortured. In his statement dated 12 March 2019 before the prosecutor victim lawyer said he was subjected to physical and psychological torture during police custody.
Victim lawyer said:
‘I used my right to remain silent in the Police Station. I will testify here. Before I make my defense regarding the accusation, I would like to describe the treatment I was exposed in Police Station. I do not want to proceed in the defense before telling these.’
Lawyer continued his statement as follows:
‘I was treated harshly when I was taken into custody. I was taken to the police station from the place I was taken by being handcuffed behind my back. When I entered the station, I was made to kneel in front of a dirty wall. One police officer fell on me. A high ranking person asked the password of my phone. I told him that I could not give him the password as the correspondence of me with my clients were in it. The officer punched two times on my chest. He asked me my address of residence. I did not want to tell. He told me that I know how to make you tell me and he said if I didn’t know what they do to people there with batons.’