Turkish Justice Ministry denies allegations coup detainees tortured

ELIF PETEK SAMATYALI
ANKARA
Published

The Justice Ministry has denied allegations of coup detainees being tortured. Human rights' group Amnesty International says it has received credible evidence of detainees being subjected to beatings, torture and even rape.

In a statement defining Turkey as a constitutional state that meets the national and international criteria of human rights' laws even amid its state of emergency, the Justice Ministry said that Turkey has a zero tolerance policy on torture. Explaining that Turkey has been fighting the illegal structure by conducting judicial and administrative investigations within the rule of law, the statement said the allegations are not based on credible evidence and are completely untrue.

"The health conditions of the detainees while in custody and following their release from detention are checked by doctors in accordance with international detention regulations,"the statement said, adding that it is necessary to report any findings of torture to the public prosecution office.

Contrary to Amnesty International's allegation that Turkey lacks an institution that monitors detention conditions, the statement said the process is being closely watched by international foundations and independent observers, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Turkey's Human Rights and Equality Institution.

Alleging that Amnesty International is not objective as an institution that had failed to condemn the coup attempt since July 15, the Justice Ministry said that the rights watchdog should not be an instrument for FETÖ propaganda with such false slander.

In addition, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ on his Twitter account on Monday said: "There has not been any torture or assault of detainees in custody," in response to allegations by Amnesty International. "The claims of torture and assault make up a pre-packaged misinformation campaign formed by members of [FETÖ], one which is untrue and distorted," Bozdağ added.

Amnesty International said on Sunday that it has evidence detainees have been tortured, beaten and raped. The coup attempt organized by the U.S.-based, retired imam Fethullah Gülen on July 15 left at least 246 people dead and more than 2,100 injured.

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