Rumors have it that former Foreign Ministry employees are being subject to torture and sexual abuse while under custody at Ankara Police Department, opposition deputy and a human rights activist Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu said.
“There are allegations of torture at Ankara Police Department. There are allegations that former Foreign Ministry officers who are now being kept at Financial Crime Unit’s building are subject to heavy torture like rape by police batons. They said there are around 100 people under detention as part of the investigation. The Interior Ministry must give an explanation. Where is Turkey headed?” Gergerlioglu tweeted the other day.
The detainees are a part of a large group of ex-officers at the Foreign Ministry who were earlier sacked over their alleged ties to the Gulen movement.
Journalist Adem Yavuz Arslan claimed that the investigation targets former PM and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu who is said to have formed a political party opposing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party.
Davutoglu, a former Erdogan ally, publicly criticizes exclusive powers given to Erdogan earlier.
The Turkish government accuses the Gulen movement of being behind the July 15, 2016 failed coup. The latter denies involvement.
More than 510,000 people have passed through police custody and some 100,000 have been remanded in pre-trial detention.