Ahmet Tuncer Yolcu and Zeynep Yolcu, a Turkish couple who were arrested some two weeks ago over their alleged links to Turkey’s Gülen group, have allegedly faced maltreatment, physical violence and torture as well as being threatened with death, according to a report in the Grihat news portal.

According to the report, Zeynep and his husband Ahmet Tuncer have been held in solitary confinement for the past two weeks, and systematically denied food and water for days. Fatma allegedly experienced diabetic coma twice during this period under detention and was briefly taken to a hospital in Nevşehir for a treatment. Later, she was put back into her cell in Nevşehir prison where she has been staying since. 

“My elder sister was in a very bad condition. She could not stand on her feet. She said she was severely tortured and left both hungry and thirsty for three days,” Zeynep’s brother told Gri hat.

Zeynep’s children have allegely had nervous breakdown after seeing the torture marks on their mother’s body.

According to a report released by the Human Rights Association (İHD) and the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TİHV) on Saturday, 2,278 people were tortured and 11 abducted in Turkey during the first 11 months of 2017.

Security forces killed 36 people and wounded 12 in extrajudicial killings and by firing arbitrarily into a crowd on the pretext that they did not obey an order to stop during the January to November period.

A total of 695 people including 183 soldiers, 460 militants and 52 civilians were killed and 310 injured during clashes in Turkey.

At least 322 women and 68 children died as a result of domestic violence in the country in 2017.

As of Nov. 1, there were 230,735 people in Turkish prisons, including 1,037 with health problems. The prison population numbered 178,089 in 2015 and 154,179 in 2014.

 

 

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