Muhammed Cihad Saatçioğlu, the son of pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Hüda Kaya was hospitalized with spinal fractures after, according to many, being beaten during interrogation at a police station in İstanbul’s Kadıköy district.
Saatçioğlu was detained along with some 20 others when police intervened into a press meeting about the government’s recent crackdown on HDP, held by a group of organizations, on Sunday. Turkish courts last week on Friday arrested nine HDP deputies including the party’s Co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ who were detained in the early hours of Friday following police raids on their homes.
“Sad to see Turkey’s return to systematic use of torture. HDP MP @HudaKaya777’s son, tortured in detention in #Istanbul, left w/ broken ribs,” academic and former Turkish parliamentarian Aykan Erdemir tweeted with a picture of Saatçioğlu and his medical report.
Journalist Tunca Öğreten said there are fractures on Saatçioğlu’s skull as well.
A widely circulated video recording from the press meeting shows that a police officer is indistinctly shouting: “Get you hand off,” to Kaya before slapping her hand.
Saatçioğlu currently remains handcuffed to a bed at Kadıköy Numune hospital.
In a 43-page report, “A Blank Check: Turkey’s Post-Coup Suspension of Safeguards Against Torture,” published on Oct. 24, Human Rights Watch documented 13 specific abuse incidents concerning Turkey’s post-coup detainees. The alleged abuse cases ranged from use of stress positions and sleep deprivation to severe beatings, sexual abuse and the threat of rape. The watchdog said Turkey’s post-coup emergency decrees facilitated torture as they removed safeguards against ill-treatment.