43 out of 80 women, including high school and university students who were allegedly subject to torture and other forms of ill-treatment at the hands of a group of police officers at Mersin police station last week, were put in pre-trial detention on Tuesday by a Mersin court, the TR724 news portal reported.

According to the report, the arrestees are accused of organizing charity sale in benefit of families victimized by an ongoing purge by the Turkish government against the Gülen group, which is accused of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

The 80 women were detained last week by the police officers from the Smuggling and Organized Crime Directorate (KOM) in Mersin province, according to a twitter account named @Turkeydeiskence (Torture in Turkey).

The same twitter account tweeted that, during the detention, they were allegedy subject to torture and other forms of ill-treatment at the hands of a group of police officers. The claim has neither been confirmed nor denied by the Turkish authorities.

The twitter account also tweeted that among the detainees are a mother and her 2-month-old baby who have been held under police custody for four days. Also, a 15-year old high school student has been held in detention at the Child Branch Office of the Provincial Police Department.

The twitter account also claimed that a lawyer representing the detainees fainted at the exit of the Police Department after witnessing the torture and ill-treatment in police custody.

 

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