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Turkey Defendants in terror-case claim officers have tortured them

DEFENDANTS made allegations of death threats and torture today during the ongoing trial of 50 people arrested during clashes with Turkish military forces in 2016.

They are accused of terrorist-related offences which occurred after a military curfew was imposed on the city of Nusaybin in March 2016.

During the military offensive, the city was attacked by Turkish soldiers and police, with around 80 per cent of its buildings razed to the ground.

A prisoner entering the court room who displayed the victory sign with his fingers was allegedly threatened by an officer who said he would kill him.

Complaints were raised that the Kurdish defence was not being translated properly, with the court president adding that he would consider defendant Dilber Tanrikulu to have invoked his right to silence if he did not speak in Turkish. 

Nurullah Akyuz rejected statements that he made under torture and said he had been exposed to “fascism by the state.”

“They have broken my back with torture but have not given me a medical report,” he added.

The trials continue.

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