Duygu Koral was a detainee in Kocaeli F Type Prison when she died. Her sister claims she was beaten to death in prison, “My sister’s body was full of bruises. It is obvious that she was beaten.”
Duygu Koral, a detainee in Kocaeli F Type Prison, died on March 20, and the prison administration claimed that Koral had committed suicide.
According to Evrensel’s Özlem Songül Abayoğlu, Koral’s family points out that Koral has bruises on her body and claims that she was tortured to death.
Funda Tasci said that her sister Duygu Koral had been in prison for two years and that at first, she was in Ankara Yenikent Prison but later was sent to Mersin Prison. Koral later asked for a transfer to Kocaeli to be close to her mother. She said that her sister told her that during prison searches, she was beaten, “Mother, they pushed me, I hit my head, my face was scratched.” Sister Tasci said, “she did not want to say many other things because those would upset our mother.”
Her stuff was torn
Stating that Koral called her mother from prison every Monday but did not call her on March 20, the day of her death, Tasci said, “When my sister did not call, my mother became curious and called the prison. When she asked about my sister, they said, ‘Your daughter is fine; we’ll tell her to call you.’ The night of the day when they told my mother, ‘Your daughter is fine,’ they called my mother again around 10:30 p.m. and told her that Duygu had committed suicide. We went to Kocaeli that night. When we looked at the belongings given to us from prison, they were all torn and tattered.”
“We think she was strangled to death.”
The family then brought the body to Ankara and went to funeral proceedings that involved washing the body before burial. Tasci said, “My sister’s body was full of bruises. It was obvious that she had been beaten. A writing on her leg read, ‘It’s my turn.” They said my sister committed suicide by hanging herself, but the mark on her neck is not like hanging with a sheet or a dress, but rather a trace of an object like a cable. Moreover, my sister was staying in a solitary confinement cell. Therefore, we do not think she committed suicide, but she was strangled to death with an object like a cable.”
“We will not let this go.”
Stating that they have filed a complaint with the gendarmerie, Tasci said, “On Monday, we will go to the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office with the photographs and file a criminal complaint. We were told that the Forensic Medicine result would be released after six months.” Stating that she called the prison director after the incident, Tasci said, “The prison director asked me if I went to the prosecutor’s office and whether I had complained. I said I would do everything necessary. They didn’t give us any explanation anyway.” Finally, Taşçı said, “We will not let this go. They did this to us. They should not do it to others as well.”
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